Evacuation Complete For 110,000 In Quake Area

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) -- China has finished evacuating 110,000 people in danger from possible landslides in an area near the epicenter of last month's earthquake.

Annual heavy rains in the region are beginning and officials are worried that all that water could cause the land to crumble.

Chinese state media reports the remote area is considered a "high danger zone." Since Sunday, officials have evacuated more than 100,000 people from mountain districts near the epicenter. Some villagers have been moved several times since the 7.9 quake because of danger from damaged homes, aftershocks and possible flooding. The quake killed nearly 70,000 people and left five million others homeless.

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