Severe Floods and Mudslides Kill 127 in China

By Andrey Volkov
Andrey Volkov
Andrey Volkov
August 8, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

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Chinese rescuers search for survivors in Zhouqu, in northwest China's Gansu province on August 8, after a deadly flood-triggered landslide. At least 127 people were killed and nearly 2,000 missing.  (STR/Getty Images)
Chinese rescuers search for survivors in Zhouqu, in northwest China's Gansu province on August 8, after a deadly flood-triggered landslide. At least 127 people were killed and nearly 2,000 missing. (STR/Getty Images)
At least 127 people were killed and about 2,000 went missing after severe floods and mudslides hit in northwest province of Gansu China.

About 50,000 people have been affected with death tolls likely to rise.

The mudslides occurred Sunday morning following several days of heavy rains. The torrential flow of stones and debris not only covered the district, but blocked Bailong River causing a big dam, Chinese media reported.

"That was about midnight, so some people must have been in their homes, asleep and didn't know what was happening," Reuters quoted a Zhouqu resident as saying by telephone.

Chinese officials said the heavy sludge blocked roads, preventing rescue workers and heavy machinery from reaching the affected area, according to BBC

The disaster occurred mainly in Gansu Province, part of the Tibetan autonomous region.

Across China, the country's worst flooding in a decade has killed more than 1,100 people this year, with more than 600 still missing. The floods have caused tens of billions of dollars in damage across 28 provinces and regions.