China mourns mudslide victims

Due to the devastating mudslides in northwestern Gansu province, more than a thousand people were killed, leading the nation’s embassies and consulates around the world... More Below... Posted by on Aug 15th, 2010 and filed under News, World.

Due to the devastating mudslides in northwestern Gansu province, more than a thousand people were killed, leading the nation’s embassies and consulates around the world to lower their flags at half-staff.

There were 1,239 people dead and 505 missing, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. But residents of the Zhougu County believed the number to be higher, CNN reports.

Southwestern China was also hit by heavy rains, resulting in mudslides Saturday. 38 people went missing due to the disaster, Xinhua said.

Roads were blocked and vehicles and thousands of people were stranded in Sichuan province. The only highway connecting Wenchuan County to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province, was flooded and sunken under 13 feet of water.

10,000 evacuees were transferred by the county government to designated schools and office buildings that serve as temporary shelters.

Source: CNN