Heavy rains in China: 7,000 people evacuated

Heavy rains and stormy weather damaged homes and threaded life more than 7,000 people in China. People were evacuated after landslides. It did not give any details on when the landslides occurred or if there were any injuries.

China Central Television showed footage of local officials urging residents out of buildings and examining huge cracks on walls, likely caused because foundations were loosened by torrential rain.

A man who answered the telephone at the Heping County government said the landslides occurred a week ago and no one was injured. The man, who would give only his surname, Wu, said 200 people were evacuated from one village.

A woman from the provincial Guangdong Provincial Anti-Flood headquarters said three people were reported dead Friday and one was missing. She hung up after refusing to give her name or any more details.

Conflicting accounts are common during the chaos of disasters as local officials are leery of releasing information for fear of retribution from higher levels of government.

Rain storms were forecast for Guangdong in the next two days, including the major cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, the Beijing News newspaper said, reports the AP.