Train Cars Plunge Into China River

Several carriages of a passenger train fell into water after floods knocked out a bridge in Sichuan province yesterday, according to a state news agency. The official Xinhua News Agency said the accident happened in Guanghan, a city about 50km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu. It did not give any other details. China has been hit hard by floods and landslides in recent months, with cities washed away in the northeast and northwest of the country. The storms have caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. Meanwhile, rescuers yesterday scoured a remote valley in the nation's southwest for survivors after a landslide on Wednesday levelled a village, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing. The landslide in Puladi, a settlement in Yunnan province, added to the more than 2000 people killed in the nation this year by flooding and mudslides. Downpours in Yunnan triggered the landslide that swept through the village of Puladi, the People's Daily newspaper reported. In the worst landslide, at least 1287 people died in Zhouqu, northwest Gansu, and more than 450 are missing, feared dead. More heavy rain is forecast.