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Floods, Mudslides Kill 21 in China

May 24, 2007

Heavy rainstorms in southwest China triggered flash floods and mudslides that killed 21 people and left 11 missing, state media said Friday. The storms that pummeled Sichuan province on Wednesday and Thursday left 11 people dead in the areas of Ganzi and Liangshan, and another five people missing, the Xinhua News Agency said.A mudslide also damaged a 1,000-foot stretch of highway, it said.In the city of Chongqing, floods and lightning killed 10 people and left six missing. Earlier this week, state media said seven children in Chongqing died Wednesday when lightning struck their school and set it on fire.Some 112,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, Xinhua said, citing She Mingzhe, head of Chongqing's Civil Affairs Bureau.
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