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China landslide death toll rises to 56

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  • Torrential rain caused the slide on Monday morning
  • Witnesses say the flow of rocks and mud roared down a valley
  • More than 1,100 police, firefighters and others were part of the search effort
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(CNN) -- The death toll from a mud and rock slide in northern China has reached 56, China's state-run news agency reported Tuesday.

Torrential rain caused the slide at about 8 a.m. Monday, resulting in the collapse of a warehouse in China's Shanxi Province, the Xinhua new agency reported, quoting rescue workers.

Witnesses said the flow of rocks and mud roared down a valley, the agency said.

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The deluge also destroyed a three -story office building, a market and some villagers' homes in the valley. Thirty-five people were injured, the agency reported.

More than 1,100 police, firefighters and others were part of the search effort, the agency reported.

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