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33 Die in W. China Rainstorm

June 11, 2002

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BEIJING (AP) _ Torrential rains in western China have killed 33 people and left more than 100 missing, officials said Tuesday.

Rains that started last week in Sichuan province have killed at least 27 people, said an official at the provincial disaster-relief office. She would give only her surname, Gu.

Nine cities and more than 700 villages in the northeastern part of Sichuan were affected, Gu said.

State media reported Monday that six people were killed in the weekend rains in areas near the major industrial city of Xi’an. A flood-control official in Shaanxi province said Tuesday that 108 people also were missing. He would give only his surname, Liu.

Liu said the downpours wrecked houses and roads, washed out a major railway bridge and knocked out power supplies. The rains knocked down 1,400 homes in Fuping County, Liu said.

He said washed-out roads were frustrating rescue efforts.

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