One missing, six injured in southwest China landslides

One person went missing and six were injured in two landslides in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Saturday.

Torrential rains triggered two landslides in the Yuanmou County in northern Yunnan. A quake lake was formed along the Longchuan River in the upper reaches of the Jinsha River.

Roughly 1.26 million cubic meters of debris moved down the mountains nearby, forming a six-meter-deep lake, measuring 700 metres long and 300 metres wide.

The lake put the lives of more than 8,000 people living downstream in danger, Chuxiong prefecture government said in a statement.


The residents have been relocated by Saturday.

The downpours also destroyed a 300-metre section of the Chengdu-Kunming Railway, and rail service will be suspended for the next five to six days, according to the Kunming Railway Bureau.

Repairs are currently underway.

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