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At least 80 killed in landslides

August 8, 2010

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— Landslides killed at least 80 people and left an estimated 2,000 missing today in northwest China’s Gansu province, the latest disaster caused by widespread flooding in the country.

The landslides happened early in the morning in the province’s Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

State broadcaster CCTV said the latest death toll was more than 80, and 2,000 people were missing. Power was down in some of the affected areas in the southern part of the province, so it was not known how many of the missing were in danger or just out of contact.

The worst-hit part of Gannan was Zhouqu county, with Xinhua reporting that half the county was under water. Many houses had collapsed and streets were covered in 1 yard of mud and water.

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