Heavy Chinese Rains Cause Landslides, Killing Three

CHONGQING, China, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Torrential weekend rains resulted in the deaths of three people in southwest China, authorities said Monday.

The dead, in Chongqing, were identified as Liu Cheng, a 5-year-old boy from Bailong Township of Qianjiang District, and Huang Xuxue, 56, and Huang Yi,14, a father and son from Fengjie County, municipal civil affairs officials told Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news agency.

Officials said Liu was killed after being struck by a landslide Saturday and the father and son died as a section of their home collapsed after being hit by a falling boulder.

Xinhua reported that 4,765 rural houses in the southeastern part of Chongqing were damaged by the rains.

Lightning reportedly felled a power transmission line in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, which in turn cut off water supplies to 100,000 residents in urban areas of Yunyang. Xinhua said water supplies were not restored in the area until early Monday.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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