China dam collapse kills six, seven missing

A dam collapse in northeast China sent a torrent of mud and debris into two nearby villages, killing six and leaving another seven missing, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

The dam, in Liaoning province’s Shiqiaozi village, was supposed to be used to contain waste from iron ore production, but over the years there had been a buildup of water.

An 80-metre wide river of debris spilled across fields and into two low-lying villages, destroying cropland and 33 houses.

The disaster came a week after 31 people were crushed in a landslide in central China, at the entrance to a railway tunnel being built near the site of the Three Gorges Dam.

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