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China landslide death toll hits 38

Landslides caused by heavy rain have killed at least 38 people in southern China.

While the precise number of fatalities remains unclear, the country’s Xinhua News Agency said rescue teams had recovered 18 bodies in the Guangxi region, which has been battered by torrential downpours throughout the week.

At least 23 people died in Rongxian county, and a further 12 in Cenxi county, the agency added.

Around 80,000 people have been evacuated from a seven-city area because of the landslides.

An estimated 3,000 have been left homeless by the disaster.

A huge number of properties and roads have also been damaged

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  • Heavy rain may have been the immediate cause, but was it the root cause? Could it have been foreseeable?

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