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Mudslide death toll in China at 21; 27 missing

By the CNN Wire Staff
Chinese rescuers try to reach possible survivors in southwest China's Yunnan province on August 19, 2010.
Chinese rescuers try to reach possible survivors in southwest China's Yunnan province on August 19, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The mudslide took place in Yunnan
  • 27 remain missing
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  • China

Beijing, China (CNN) -- The death toll from mudslides in southwestern China is now 21 and 27 people remain missing, state-run Xinhua news agency said Saturday, citing rescue officials.

The mudslides occurred in Yunnan Province's Baoshan City on Wednesday, the report said.

Of the eight hospitalized survivors, three are critically injured, said Su Shaode, a health official in Baoshan.

Investigators believe the mudslide was caused by loose and rain-soaked dirt and rocks on a steep slope.