North China Mud-rock Flow Death Toll Rises to 254

The death toll from the Shanxi landslide has jumped up to 254, according to Xinhua:

According to initial calculation, direct economic losses of the accident would hit 9.18 million yuan (1.34 million U.S. dollars).

More than 1,000 rescuers hunting for bodies have covered more than 90 percent of the inundated area, and it could take several more days to cover two channels where villagers believed more bodies were buried.

Rescuers have begun a new round of search along and inside a 300-meter long ditch by removing the fill of silt in it.

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