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Heavy rain in China leaves 61 dead or missing

Mudslides caused by heavy rain have left more than 60 people dead or missing in southwest China.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reports that some parts of Yunnan Province have been hit by heavy rain since last month. A moist air mass brought the rain to the region.

The localized downpours caused floods and mudslides, leaving at least 61 people dead or missing during 10 days from June 30th through Wednesday.

17 people remain missing after a mudslide on Wednesday in a village in Fugong County near the border with Myanmar.

Also on Wednesday, a mudslide swept away many houses in a village in the popular tourist destination of Dali, killing 6 people. 8 people are missing.

The Chinese government has sent a search and rescue team to the province.

It is also providing assistance for affected people. The number of those affected increased by more than 40,000 in Yunnan Province in the past 3 days alone.

Jul. 9, 2014 - Updated 23:33 UTC