More pistures here: Death toll climbs to 1,117 in China mudslides (CNN)
Zhouqu landslide in figures
- 1,117 people confirmed dead and more than 627 missing
- 45,000 people in Zhouqu county evacuated
- 7,000 soldiers, firefighters and medical staff deployed
- 300 buildings buried under mud
- 66% of county without power
The number of people confirmed to have died after massive landslides in north-western China has risen to 1,117, with 627 others missing, officials say.
Hopes of finding survivors are fading and rescuers are turning their efforts to recovering bodies and preventing outbreaks of disease.
Large areas in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, were enveloped by landslides triggered by rain on Saturday night.
Rain is forecast for later this week, prompting fears of further landslides.
Heavy rain was already said to be falling in Zhouqu on Wednesday and as much as 90mm (3.5in) of rain was forecast for Friday, the National Meteorological Centre reported.
It said the chance of more landslides was “relatively large”.