Disease has become the main threat to the survivors of last week’s mudslides in Gansu province in China, as rescue workers continue to try to contain the disaster.
There was a brief respite yesterday for rescue workers trawling through the disaster area for bodies – a three-minute silence was observed for the 1,200 victims.
But with 500 people still unaccounted for, the search is continuing around the clock.
Authorities are reportedly struggling to find enough coffins to bury those they have already found.
Disinfectant is being sprayed widely throughout the disaster zone to stifle an outbreak of disease as summer temperatures soar.
More flash flooding has been forecast for the area in the week ahead.