Rainstorm claims at least 15 lives in southwestern China
BEIJING (AFP) Jun 30, 2004
At least 15 people were killed and seven missing after four days of rain in southwestern China's Sichuan province caused flooding and landslides, state media reported Wednesday.

In Yibin City, where the most serious landslide occurred, six people were killed and seven went missing, Xinhua news agency cited the provincial disaster relief centre as saying.

Seven counties and cities had recorded over 100 millimetres (four inches) of rainfall and 21 had recorded over 50 millimetres by late Wednesday, the Sichuan provincial meteorological observatory said.

Rescue work was under way and relevant authorities were on high alert.