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17 missing in China mudslide

Beijing: At least 17 people were missing and one was injured after a mudslide in China's Yunnan province on Wednesday, local authorities said.

The rain-triggered disaster occurred at around 3 a.m. in Shawa Village in Fugong county, Xinhua quoted Li Hongwen, the county's Communist Party chief who is overseeing the rescue work, as saying.

More than 140 rescuers, along with excavators, fire trucks and ambulances, were searching the site, about 500 meters from the Nujiang River.

Some of the missing people may have been swept into the river, while others may be buried under the thick mud and rock debris, Li said.

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