Landslide kills eight in China after heavy rainfall

Monday, Jun 24, 2024

BEIJING: A landslide in a mountainous area of central China has left eight people dead, state media said on Sunday, as parts of the country were placed on high alert for bad weather.

Heavy rain caused a deadly landslide in a village in Hunan province, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Four houses collapsed early on Sunday and all eight missing people “have been found with no vital signs”, the channel said.

Climate change driven by human-emitted greenhouse gases makes extreme weather events more frequent and intense, and China is the world´s biggest emitter.

Meteorological authorities issued several red alerts -- the highest in China´s four-tier warning system -- for torrential rain on Sunday, including in Hubei and Anhui provinces.