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Dozens missing after new mudslides hit China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: At least 67 missing after new mudslides
  • Wenchuan county was rocked by a quake in 2008 that killed thousands
  • China is still reeling from another mudslide in northwest Gansu province

Beijing, China (CNN) -- A fresh wave of mudslides struck southwest China early Wednesday, leaving seven people injured and dozens more missing, state media reported.

At least 67 people are missing in a remote town in Yunnan province, the Xinhua news agency said.

The mudslides cut off roads and power supplies, and toppled a bridge, sending water levels swelling at the Nujiang River.

Wednesday's disaster comes the same day officials raised the death toll to 15 in a mudslide that struck Saturday in Wenchuan county in Sichuan province. Nine others were injured in that mudslide.

Wenchuan county was the epicenter of a massive earthquake that killed thousands in May 2008.

China is still reeling from another mudslide in northwestern Gansu province that struck on August 8 and killed more that 1,200 people.

Torrential rain triggered that mudslide, causing the side of a mountain to break off and bury homes.