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Last Updated: Tuesday August 11 2009 08:17 GMT

Typhoon sets off huge landslides

A flood-damaged road in Taiwan

Big rain storms in Taiwan

Rescuers are hunting for survivors after a landslide buried six houses in China.

It's not known how many people are buried in the rubble, but officials say they've managed to save six people in the town of Pengxi so far.

Meanwhile in Taiwan, hundreds of people could be dead after a mudslide buried a small village.

The landslides were set off by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Morakot, which hit parts of East Asia.

Morakot dropped some two metres of rain on Taiwan when it hit over the weekend, causing the worst flooding there in 50 years.

Rescuers are still searching for survivors in the village of Shiao Lin, after it was overwhelmed by a landslide on Sunday.

In Pengxi rescuers are being held back by falling debris.

At first, officials said six apartment blocks had been destroyed, but that was later changed to six houses.

Morakot weakened to a tropical storm early on Monday, but it has still been hitting south-eastern China with heavy rain.