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storms batter China
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BEIJING (AP) China struggled to cope with
widespread storms that left dozens missing and
presumed dead Thursday as rescuers cleaned up a
mudslide-stricken town, while two passenger train
cars plunged into a river after crossing a flood-
Rescue workers found four bodies in Puladi
township of southwest China's Yunnan province, a
day after a wall of mud crashed through the
mountain community, the official Xinhua News
Agency said. Rains expected over the next few days
would likely hamper efforts to find 88 people still
listed as missing.
It was just the latest landslide to strike China in a
summer that has been plagued by deadly rains and
flooding. The worst recent landslide was on Aug. 8
in Zhouqu of Gansu province, where more than
1,300 were killed and about 400 people remain
In southwestern China, authorities managed to
evacuate all passengers from two train cars that
dangled for several minutes over a muddy, rushing
river before falling into the water.
The train was traveling in Guanghan city of Sichuan
province when it began shaking and then stopped
moving, dining car supervisor Wang Baoning told
China Central Television. Floodwaters had loosened
piers on the Shitingjiang bridge, Xinhua said.
The two cars were hanging over the water in a "V"
shape, but were still connected to the adjacent
carriages, Wang said. It took more than 10 minutes
to evacuate passengers from the cars, he said.
"Less than two minutes later, one carriage fell into
the river. About 10 minutes after that, the other one
fell in too," he said. There were no fatalities.
The train cars were swept a short distance
downstream and were almost completely
submerged, trapped against the base of another
bridge, CCTV footage showed.
The train was traveling from Xi'an in northwestern
Shaanxi province to Kunming in southwestern
Floods and landslides across China in recent months that have left hundreds dead and washed a way settlements in some parts of the country. The
storms have caused tens of billions of dollars in
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