24 May 2010

Train derailed hy landslide in China

6:05 am on 24 May 2010

A passenger train has been derailed in south-east China, killing at least 19 people.

The Xinhua news agency reports the train was knocked off the tracks by a landslide near the city of Fuzhou, in Jiangxi province at 2.10am on Sunday. It was en route from Shanghai to the tourist area of Guilin.

The BBC reports the locomotive and eight of the 17 carriages appear to have overturned.

The lines are expected to be functioning again early on Monday.

The province has been hit by heavy rains, causing landslides and floods.

More than than 40,000 people have been evacuated.