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20 Missing in China Landslide


Landslides in northwestern China have buried a mountain village, leaving at least 20 people missing Monday.

The official Xinhua news agency said landslides and mud-rock flows struck several villages in Langao County Sunday evening after days of continuous rain.

The report said nine homes were flattened and 20 people are missing in Muzhu village in the city of Ankang in Shaanxi province.

Chinese media also said rising river waters are putting to the test the massive Three Gorges Dam, which is expected this week to see its highest water level since it was completed in 2006.

China's civil affairs ministry says heavy rainfall has caused water levels in lakes and rivers to exceed danger levels.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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