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WEATHER REPORT
Mudslides kill 14 in southwest China, 11 missing
by Staff Writers
Hong Kong (AFP) July 21, 2014


Ten held in China after fiery bus crash that killed 43
Beijing (AFP) July 21, 2014 - Chinese authorities on Monday detained 10 people after 43 died in a horrific weekend accident when a van carrying inflammable liquid hit a bus on a motorway, state media said.

Police detained the group as part of an investigation into the "illegal transportation of hazardous chemicals", a report by official news agency Xinhua said.

The collision in central Hunan province early Saturday triggered a fire and explosion which destroyed five vehicles, it said.

The death toll was previously reported to be 38.

Another six people were injured in the accident, which involved a double-decker long-distance bus, with capacity for 53 occupants.

The vehicle was travelling between the eastern coastal province of Fujian and Guizhou in the southwest when the crash occurred.

Fatal road accidents are a serious problem in China, particularly involving the country's often over-crowded long-distance buses.

In August 2012, at least 36 people died when a double-decker sleeper bus slammed into the rear of a methanol tanker and burst into flames in northern China.

The transportation of dangerous chemicals is also a major issue in China, with poor rural workers commonly flouting laws.

Fourteen people were killed and 11 others are still missing after mudslides swept through two villages in southwest China on Monday following days of heavy rain, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Rescuers were working to retrieve people still buried after mudslides struck the villages in Yunnan province, the news agency said, citing local government.

Heavy downpours battering the mountainous province in recent days have caused several landslides that have crushed houses, blocked roads and disrupted power supplies.

More than 1,100 rescuers were stranded trying to reach the village of Huna in Dehong, western Yunnan, where a mudslide early Monday killed 10 people, Xinhua reported.

"Victims are badly in need of relief supplies including tents and waterproof clothing," it cited local authorities as saying at a disaster relief meeting.

Tents, bags of rice and generators have been sent to the area, it said.

Disasters sparked by this year's flooding season have left more than 140 people dead or missing across Yunnan, the provincial meteorological bureau was cited by the agency as saying.

Xinhua Monday said 38 people were either dead or missing after Typhoon Rammasun -- the strongest storm to hit China in decades -- battered Guangxi province and Hainan island packing winds exceeding 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour.

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