China Seeks Landslide Survivors

Rescuers are racing to pull survivors from the rubble after some of China's deadliest landslides earlier in the week as engineers try to stabilise and drain a newly-created lake. More than 700 people are reported dead in a remote area of northwestern Gansu province, and at least 1,000 people are still missing. Heavy rains triggered the deluge of mud and rocks late on Saturday, flattening at least three villages amidst some of the country's worst flooding in a decade. Up to 3,000 troops, deployed to the area with heavy equipment, have since been working alongside residents with rudimentary tools to shovel the mounds of earth, whilst relatives wait anxiously for news of loved ones.Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan, reporting from Zhouqu, the county seat and the hardest-hit area, described an area surrounded by treeless mountains, due in part to logging efforts.