Rescuers killed after landslide caused by days of heavy rain in China’s southwest

Pair were trying to evacuate rural villagers from flooding in Yunnan province

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 September, 2017, 5:08pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 September, 2017, 5:53pm

Two rescuers have been reported killed during a mission to evacuate residents from landslides and mass flooding in Yunnan province.

Heavy rainfall in the last 10 days has seriously affected housing and traffic in parts of the mostly rural southwestern province.

The bodies of two rescuers were found after a sudden landslide in Hongta due to flooding of the Miluo river, ChinaNews.com reported on Monday.

They had been trying to evacuate rural villagers with the help of local party cadres at the time.

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In a separate incident on Sunday afternoon, a group of nine people were also trapped by landslides and flooding in the mountain village of Molang, Yuanjiang county, after heavy rainfall of more than 50mm.

The county fire brigade was alerted at around 9pm on Sunday, and immediately dispatched two cars and fourteen rescuers to the scene.

Under harsh conditions, firefighters and soldiers used ropes and rescue equipment to successfully evacuate the people trapped by the landslide.