15 dead, 11 hurt after landslide hits village

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 October, 2002, 12:00am

Fifteen people were killed and 11 others seriously injured when a landslide in Yunnan flattened houses and cut off roads and telecommunications.

The landslide on Friday hit Yichikou, in Wuding County, at about 3.40am following heavy rain, a government official said.

It buried 14 houses and destroyed 224 other homes, he said.

About 10km of telecommunications cables and 40km of roads were damaged, while 35 ponds were destroyed, Xinhua said.

The village of 47 homes and 179 people had been evacuated, an official with the civil affairs bureau in Wuding said.

The bureau delivered 110 tents, more than 200 blankets and clothing to victims, while the Red Cross distributed rice and bedding, the bureau official said.

The provincial government and Chuxiongzhou administrative region provided emergency funds of a million yuan (HK$946,000) and 400,000 yuan respectively, Xinhua reported.

Yunnan leaders met yesterday to plan aid as rescue efforts continued, the bureau official said.

Rain-related disasters have claimed more than 1,000 lives on the mainland since January.

Most of the casualties resulted from floods and landslides.

In Yunnan 231 people were killed by mid-August. More than 100 were trapped by floods in the same month.

At least 67 people were buried as they slept when a landslide hit 10 villages in Xinping county, Yunnan, on August 14.