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Heavy Rains Bring More Misery to Disaster Area in China

Another wave of heavy rains in northwestern China is complicating efforts to assist the survivors of Sunday's deadly mudslide.

The rains fell overnight Thursday, triggering another landslide of mud and sludge onto streets and bridges in Gansu province.

The disaster has claimed the lives of at least 1,117 people, many of them in the town of Zhouqu. At least 625 others are still missing. Hundreds of homes were buried under the rock and mud, leaving scores of residents homeless.

Emergency crews rescued a 50-year-old man from the second floor of a hotel Wednesday, but hopes have faded that anymore survivors would be found.

Authorities are now turning their attention to preventing an outbreak of disease due to a lack of clean water and sanitation.

The Gansu mudslide is the deadliest single incident in weeks of flooding that has killed at least 1,900 people across China this year. The damage runs into the tens of billions of dollars, affecting 28 provinces and regions.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Xinhua