Death toll continues rising in landslide in southwest China

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Death toll reaches 31 after rain-induced landslide in Sichuan province

166 people are missing near the city of Dujiangyan

Flooding has deluged 81,000 acres of crops, caused more than $40 million in losses

CNN  — 

Rescuers in China had pulled a total of 31 bodies from the wreckage from a landslide the size of a small town that rushed down a mountain earlier in the week.
State-run CCTV reported on Friday that the number of people missing in and around the city of Dujiangyan was 166, up from 107 the previous day.

The flooding that caused the landslide has destroyed 5,100 houses and damaged another 90,000. Rescuers continued digging through the debris in search of survivors and victims.

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

About 370,000 people and more than 81,000 acres of crops have been affected by the flooding, which has plagued the mountainous region since Monday. It has resulted in more than $40 million in direct economic losses, provincial officials said.

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 continuing flooding, along with landslides and mudslides, has paralyzed highway and rail services in many parts of the province.

Zhang said suburban areas are seeing the most severe impacts.

“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 352 stranded tourists have been securely moved out of Dujiangyan.

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