September 19, 2008 / 5:28 AM / 11 years ago

Search on for survivors after new China mudslide

BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A mudslide in southwest China brought down 20 houses, trapped villagers in their homes and rescuers were searching for survivors, a newspaper and a local government official said on Friday.

The accident happened on Thursday during heavy rain in Xichang in the mountainous province of Sichuan. More than 400 people had been rescued but the search had continued into Friday, the official said. One person was known to have died.

Earlier this month, a mudslide caused by the collapse of a mine waste reservoir in northern China killed more than 200 people in their village homes.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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