May 23, 2010 / 2:43 AM / 8 years ago

Train derails in storm-hit east China, 10 dead

BEIJING (Reuters) - A passenger train in eastern China’s Jiangxi province has derailed, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring 55, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

A view is seen of the site where a passenger train derailed in Dongxiang county, Jiangxi Province May 23, 2010.REUTERS/China Daily

The train, heading from Shanghai to the resort city of Guilin in the southwest region of Guangxi, was caught in a landslide as it passed through the city of Fuzhou in Jiangxi’s storm-hit mountain districts in the early hours of Sunday.

Xinhua said it was not immediately clear how many passengers were onboard, but the number of casualties was expected to rise.

Heavy storms throughout Jiangxi over the past few days have destroyed farms and flooded towns and villages, forcing the evacuation of 44,600 local residents, Xinhua said.

Reporting by Yu Le and David Stanway, Editing by Jeremy Laurence

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