The black veil of air pollution in the industrial valley of Sichuan seems that have played a key role in the deadly flood of 2013, which was the worst that China had ever lived during the last 50 years.
A 66 foot long brick wall was blown down in China and this collapse, which occurred on a street in Lanzhou City, northwestern China, has claimed 2 lives and left 7 people injured. The trapped pedestrians were dug out by the rescuers using shovels and other tools as well as searching the debris for further victims.
On May 22nd, a sinkhole appeared near a busy intersection in Ruijin, a city in the Jiangxi privince of southeast China. Four cars and a tree fell into the sinkhole. Luckily, the cars were unoccupied and nobody was injured. The cause of this sinkhole is under investigation.
Early in the morning on Friday, July 1st, a landslide occurred in the Guizhou Province of China trapping 30 people under debris. As of Sunday, all missing persons were accounted for. Unfortunately, 23 people were killed while the remaining 7 were transported to local hospitals in serious condition but are expected to survive.
The landslide was caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Much of China has experienced greater than average rainfall this year. Just last week a hurricane-force storm killed 98 people in Jiangsu Province.
Soldiers and rescue workers were dispached to the Guizhou Province to search for those lost in the landslide. Now that everyone is accounted for, reconstruction and repair of the area has begun. Over 95,000 cubic meters of material was moved by the landslide which covered 19,000 square meters. Over 120,000 people were displaced due to the size of the landslide.