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Rescuers find family of six dead in landslide in eastern China

BEIJING (AP) – A family of six was found dead by rescuers in Fujian province, state media reported yesterday, adding to the extreme weather deaths after downpours caused landslides in the area, even as authorities extended a warning of more severe weather ahead.

The six people, who had previously been reported missing, were found dead in a temple near their home by rescuers after days of searching in Fujian’s Shanghang county, according to the state Hongxing news. They had gone to the temple seeking shelter, as it was on higher ground, but the building was toppled by a landslide, killing the family. Authorities on Friday had said 47 people were dead in neighbouring Guangdong province, which has seen historic flooding caused by the rains. The weather damaged more than a hundred bridges and flooded farmland, and destroyed roads connecting rural townships.

The heaviest rains were from last Sunday into Tuesday, toppling trees and collapsing homes, and authorities estimated billions of dollars in damage.

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