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Death toll jumps in landslide in southwest China

By Kevin Wang, CNN
July 12, 2013 -- Updated 0247 GMT (1047 HKT)
Rescuers work at the site of a massive landslide in Dujiangyan in southwest China's Sichuan province on Friday, July 12. The landslide killed at least 43 people and left 118 missing. The flooding that triggered the landslide has affected 1.5 million people and inundated tens of thousands of acres of crops. Rescuers work at the site of a massive landslide in Dujiangyan in southwest China's Sichuan province on Friday, July 12. The landslide killed at least 43 people and left 118 missing. The flooding that triggered the landslide has affected 1.5 million people and inundated tens of thousands of acres of crops.
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Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
Deadly floods sweep Sichuan, China
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Authorities report 18 dead, 107 missing after rain-induced landslide in Sichuan province
  • More than 400 residents stranded in Dujiangyan have been evacuated
  • Flooding has deluged 81,000 acres of crops, caused more than $40 million in losses

(CNN) -- A landslide the size of a small town has killed at least 18 people and toppled 11 buildings in southwest China, state-run media said, citing local authorities.

The disaster occurred in Sichuan province's Dujiangyan city on Wednesday, the Xinhua state news agency reported.

By Thursday afternoon, the number of people reported missing had climbed to 107, from 21 the previous day. Rescuers continue to dig through 53 million cubic feet of dirt in search of them.

The forecast calls for less rain, which should make the search easier.

Deadly floods swallow Chinese buildings
Landslide causes havoc in Chinese city

Flooding that triggered the landslide has affected 1.5 million people and inundated tens of thousands of acres of crops. The torrents have plagued the mountainous region since Monday, smashing bridges and knocking out power to thousands.

They have washed away property worth more than $40 million, provincial officials said.

Zhang Jiuchun is an interior designer living in Mianyang, the second-largest city in Sichuan. He told CNN in a phone interview that flooding, landslides and mudslides have paralyzed highway and rail services in many parts of the province.

Zhang said suburban areas have been hit the hardest.

"I think it's the worst since 1998," Zhang said of the disaster, referring to major flooding sweeping across China over a decade ago.

Xinhua also reported that more than 400 stranded people have been securely moved out of Dujiangyan.

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