China landslide leaves 21 missing amid floods

July 27, 2010 6:15:39 AM PDT
A landslide caused by rains in southern China buried 58 homes and left 21 people missing while about 4,000 villagers were evacuated as the worst flood season in a decade continues in China. The official Xinhua News Agency says rescuers are searching for 21 people missing after a landslide in China's southern province of Sichuan.

The State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reports floods this year have already killed at least 823 people, left 437 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage.

It said two dozen major rivers had risen beyond their warning levels.

The water level in the massive Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric and flood control project, hit its highest level ever last week.

More torrential rains are expected for the southwest, southeast and northeast.