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Six dead in central China landslide

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China, Nov 10, 2008 - A landslide in central China on Friday (November 7) left at least six people dead after another body was recovered on Saturday (November 8), the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reported. The landslide occurred in Huanxin village in Pingjiang county in central Hunan province. According to Xinhua, the victims were all from one family. One other person was seriously injured, Xinhua reported. The landslide was caused by "lingering rain" which loosened the hillside, Xinhua reported rescuers as saying. The local government issued a warning to villagers in mountains and near local reservoirs about the possibility of more rain-related disasters, Xinhua reported. Earlier this month, 10 days of heavy rains triggered floods and landslides that left at least 51 dead and another 43 missing in southwestern China. Local officials and state media reported that parts of the region were hit by their worst floods in more than 100 years. According to the China Daily, rains in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region triggered the worst flooding in the provincial capital, Nanning, since 1907. At least 40 of the dead were from hard-hit Chuxiong prefecture, in Yunnan province, which was hit by a massive landslide. According to Agence France-Presse, state media reported that more than 2.4 million were reported to have been affected in Yunnan and Guangxi. According to Xinhua, over 215,000 acres (87,000 hectares) of crops were affected and the floods have caused US$100 million (700 million yuan) in economic losses thus far.