Thursday Jul 04, 201303:46 PM GMT
Landslide devastates China's Sichuan Province
Rescuers evacuate residents from flood-hit areas in Suining, China. (file photo)
Rescuers evacuate residents from flood-hit areas in Suining, China. (file photo)
Thu Jul 4, 2013 3:45PM
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A devastating landslide has rocked China’s southwestern Sichuan Province, crushing homes and people on its path across the affected region.


Local authorities said on Thursday nearly two and a half million people have been affected and nearly 120,000 have also been relocated in the devastated region.

Thousands of homes have been also damaged across Sichuan.

In her scramble for safety, one grandmother died while shielding her 15-month-old granddaughter from being crushed by the landslide that swamped their home.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV played footage of the moment the child was rescued after seven hours.

Torrential downpours have triggered floods and landslides in Sichuan and other parts of China in recent days.

JR/KA
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