Dozens die in Chinese landslides

Work crews raced to drain fast-rising reservoirs on opposite sides of China today, following torrential rains that triggered deadly landslides in several mountain hamlets.

The death toll from the landslides in western China this week rose to 37, with 37 people still missing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In the worst-hit community of Xiaohe in Yunnan province, the death toll climbed to 13 following a landslide that swept through town before dawn yesterday, Xinhua said.

Two landslides killed 14 in neighbouring Sichuan province while in Hunan province, 10 people including four young children died in two separate slides this week, the report said.

Meanwhile, the waters in a reservoir near the far western city of Golmud began to subside after hundreds of workers and soldiers finished digging a diversion channel, an official at the Qinghai province water bureau said.

More than 10,000 residents were evacuated as soldiers transported sandbags, rocks and dirt and used bulldozers to dig the emergency waterway, the Golmud city government website said.

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