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21 dead as floods strike quake-hit province in northwest China

A road is seen damaged by flooding in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A road is seen damaged by flooding in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A flooded restaurant is seen in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A flooded restaurant is seen in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents wade in a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents wade in a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents wade in a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents wade in a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents travel in a rubber dingny in a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Local residents travel in a rubber dingny in a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescuers relocate local residents from a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. At least 21 people have been killed and four reported missing in floods and mudslides that hit a Chinese province
Rescuers relocate local residents from a flooded area in Yakeshi, in northern China's Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, July 25, 2013. At least 21 people have been killed and four reported missing in floods and mudslides that hit a Chinese province where at least 95 others died this week in twin earthquakes, state media reported on Saturday, July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - At least 21 people have been killed and four reported missing in floods and mudslides that hit a Chinese province where at least 95 others died this week in twin earthquakes, state media reported on Saturday.

Floods, landslides and rockfalls have been reported since Thursday in the northwestern province of Gansu following heavy rains, China's official Xinhua news agency said, quoting the local government.

Several villages in the province were cut off, with power and communication lines down and roads blocked, the government said.

In one village, named Rongguang, more than half of the houses had been destroyed in the disasters, said a rescuer.

Xinhua said 30,000 people had been evacuated, with more heavy rain forecast.

Gansu was hit by twin earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6 on Monday.

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