Heavy rains caused a landslide in Kangding at 1:20 this afternoon, killing 23 and injuring seven people. Among the seven, three are critically injured.
The landslide occurred in Pengta County, at the bank of the Yinchang River. Approximately 40,000 cubic meters of land slid into the river, causing a blockage that took two hours to clear up.
The rain stopped falling later in the afternoon, but search and rescue work continues among the debris.
It is currently flood season in Sichuan, and the province has called for residents to be viligant about their safety during this period.
In unrelated news, three small tremors struck Sichuan yesterday. All three measured below a magnitude of 3 and occurred between the hours of 5 and 7:30 p.m. As none struck near the Longmenshan fault, preliminary analyses believe that these seismic events were unrelated to the Wenchuan earthquake. In an online poll, 2572 readers said they had felt the tremors while 24,936 said they hadn't felt a thing.
Landslide photos from Sohu