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Rainstorms flood China’s Sichuan province

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BEIJING — Rainstorms that are said to be the worst in five decades have flooded large areas of southwest China, washing out bridges, triggering a landslide that buried dozens of people, and destroying a memorial to victims of the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province that flattened large parts of the same area. The state news media reported Wednesday that heavy rains, which began last weekend, have killed more than 50 people across China and disrupted 2 million lives.

The worst damage appeared to be in the city of Dujiangyan, where a rain-soaked mountainside gave way Wednesday, burying 11 homes and as many as 40 people. Xinhua, the state news agency, said rescue workers and sniffer dogs from Chengdu, the provincial capital, were rushing to the area, which only recently recovered from the 2008 earthquake, which left 87,000 dead or missing. On Wednesday evening, the state broadcaster CCTV reported that landslides had also trapped hundreds of people inside a tunnel along a mountain highway.

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