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Twenty killed in landslide in China, state media reports

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 20 people, Xinhua state news agency says
  • More than 66,000 people were evacuated due to heavy rains, Xinhua reports
  • China
  • Guangxi Province

(CNN) -- Landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed 20 people in southern China, the Xinhua state news agency reported Wednesday.

Rescuers are searching for 27 other people who were believed to have been buried by landslides in Wuzhou and Yulin cities, local official Wang Hai said, according to the Xinhua report.

Heavy rains began pounding China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday, triggering landslides early Wednesday that killed seven people in Wuzhou and 13 in Yulin, the report said.

More than 66,000 people were evacuated due to the heavy rains that caused economic losses of 600 million yuan ($87.8 million), Xinhua reported.

In addition, the report said the rainstorms damaged 3,260 homes and 255,630 acres (103,450 hectares) of crops, according to Guangxi's Civil Affairs Department.