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A mudslide kills at least 2 in China while rain from Khanun cancels some trains in the northeast

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BEIJING, Aug 12 (AP): A mudslide caused by torrential rains killed at least two people on the
outskirts of Xi’an in western China, an official news agency said on Saturday, while some trains in the
northeast were canceled as a powerful storm lashed the region.
Rescuers were looking for 16 missing people following Friday evening’s mudslide in the village of
Luanzhen, the Xinhua News Agency said. It said roads, bridges and power supplies were damaged.
Parts of China suffer heavy rains and flooding every summer, but this year has been unusually severe
in some areas, while other regions struggle with drought that is damaging crops.
Elsewhere, some train services in Shenyang, the biggest city in China’s northeast, and surrounding
Liaoning province were suspended starting Saturday evening due to heavy rains caused by the
remnants of Khanun, state TV reported. Khanun pummeled parts of Japan as a typhoon before
weakening over the Korean Peninsula on its way to China.
Some 23,000 people were evacuated from the northeastern city of Shulan in Jilin province due to
heavy rain, according to Xinhua. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported.
A total of 142 people nationwide were killed by flooding, landslides and mountain torrents in July,
according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The capital, Beijing, and neighbouring Hebei province last week suffered their heaviest rainfall in at
least 140 years, according to the government.
On Friday, the Hebei government raised the death toll in floods this month caused by Typhoon
Doksuri to at least 29. The official death toll from floods in Beijing rose to 33 this week. The
government said it could take up to three years for power and other services to be completely

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