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Rains Bring New Misery To China Mudslide Town

Chinese military personnel help with rescue and cleanup operations amid the rubble of landslide devastation in Zhouqu on August 11.
The number of people confirmed to have died after massive landslides in northwestern China has risen to 1,117, with 627 others missing, officials say.

Fresh heavy rains are continuing, turning one of the main streets in Zhouqu into a small river and flooding army tents on the roadside leading into the disaster zone.

Fears of an outbreak of water-borne disease mounted, with corpses still unclaimed and residents living in the rough without proper sanitary conditions.

Army crews in chemical suits repeatedly sprayed disinfectant in the area.

The official Xinhua news agency reports that the shortest route into Zhouqu from the provincial capital, Lanzhou, mainly being used by relief crews, is blocked.

The bad weather is expected to continue at least through August 13.

compiled from agency reports