Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China

Landslide hits China, leaving more than 16 dead and 21 missing

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Rescuers search for survivors after landslide hits eastern Zhejiang province on November 14, 2015.

A landslide that engulfed homes in China killed at least 16 people, with 21 still missing, as heavy rains brought misery across a swathe of the country.

Photos posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, showed rescue teams working through the night as they attempted to pull people from mud and rock that had buried 27 houses in Zhejiang province.

More than 300 people were evacuated after the landslide, with 21 additional homes flooded in the wake of the disaster, which struck on Saturday evening, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Meanwhile, the central province of Hunan was hit by the worst winter flooding in more than 50 years, the official Xinhua news agency reported, forcing thousands to flee.

About 8,200 people were resettled after their homes were destroyed in the flooding, according to Xinhua, with more than 87,000 people affected by the waters, which caused blackouts and road closures.