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38 dead, 54 missing in China mudslides

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • One body is recovered under debris on Wednesday
  • A new bridge is built
  • Hillary Clinton promises support

Beijing, China (CNN) -- The death toll from the devastating mudslides in China's Yunnan province now stands at 38, with 54 people still missing, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing a local police chief.

Hou Xinrong, police chief of Yunnan's Gongshan County said one body was recovered under the mudslide debris on Wednesday.

A bridge was built Tuesday linking the disaster-hit area to safer lands.

The mudslides covered villages in Puladi Township in Gonshan County on Wednesday of last week. The province, which has a population of 44 million, is in southwestern China.

China has been drenched by heavy rain and flooding since the end of May and this recent incident follows news of the terrible Gansu mudslides farther north that occurred in early August.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement expressing regret over the devastation and saying that the United States is "providing support for the ongoing relief efforts."