Torrential rains triggered two landslides in the Yuanmou County in northern Yunnan. A quake lake was formed along the Longchuan River in the upper reaches of the Jinsha River.
Roughly 1.26 million cubic meters of debris moved down the mountains nearby, forming a six-meter-deep lake, measuring 700 metres long and 300 metres wide.
The lake put the lives of more than 8,000 people living downstream in danger, Chuxiong prefecture government said in a statement.
The residents have been relocated by Saturday.
The downpours also destroyed a 300-metre section of the Chengdu-Kunming Railway, and rail service will be suspended for the next five to six days, according to the Kunming Railway Bureau.
Repairs are currently underway.
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