Five persons and 19 injured in mudslide in China’s southern Hunan

In this Sunday, June 25, 2017, file photo, rescuers with sniffer dogs stand near earthmoving equipment digging at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province. Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found bodies, but many others remained missing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Vastavam web: At least five persons have been killed and 19 others injured in a mudslide in China’s southern Hunan province that witnessed severe flooding after torrential rains over the last 10 days.Several parts of the county received over 200 mm of precipitation within 24 hours, with flooding disrupting traffic and telecommunications and raising water levels in reservoirs and rivers above warning levels.A rescue and search operation is underway, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Hunan has experienced severe flooding after torrential rains over the last 10 days. Since June 22, flooding has inundated parts of several cities, forced 311,300 people to evacuate, damaged 295,160 hectares of crops and destroyed 6,369 houses.Yesterday, the water-level in the section of Xiangjiang River, a major tributary of Yangtze River, in the provincial capital Changsha had exceeded the previous record high of 39.18 meters set by a massive flood in 1998.Meanwhile, the water levels in Dongting Lake and several other major rivers in Hunan have all risen above warning levels, worsening the flood control situation.