17 dead, 44 missing as landslides hit China towns

Villagers search for items near a turned-over van after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains in Xiaohe, Qiaojia county, in southwest China's Yunnan province, Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Landslides slammed into three mountain hamlets in western China early Tuesday, killing 17 people and leaving 44 missing, while crews drained a fast-rising reservoir in another part of the country following heavy rains. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)

July 13, 2010 5:37:16 AM PDT
Landslides slammed into three mountain hamlets in western China early Tuesday, killing 17 people and leaving 44 missing, while crews drained a fast-rising reservoir in another part of the country following heavy rains.

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