A landslide triggered by heavy rains hit a village in southwest China's Sichuan Province, killing at least 23 people. The landslide struck the village of Gengdi in Puge county, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, at around 6am, destroying more than 70 houses.

Rescuers have been able to pull one person out from the rubble, but at least two villagers are still missing.

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Rescue workers carry an injured villager at the site of a landslide that occurred in Gengdi village, Puge county, Sichuan provinceReuters
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Rescuers search through thick mud inside a building at the site of a landslide in China's southwestern Sichuan provinceAFP
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Rescuers carry a survivor at the site of a landslide in China's southwestern Sichuan provinceAFP
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Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide that occurred in Gengdi village, Puge county, Sichuan provinceReuters
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Rescuers carry a survivor at the site of a landslide in China's southwestern Sichuan provinceAFP

Persistent rain has battered wide swathes of China for much of this summer, causing flooding and several other landslides.