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A firefighter uses a rope to rescue a group of 36 villagers stranded on a section of road which was destroyed by a mudslide in Yinxiu county, in southwest China's Sichuan province, on July 4. Summer downpours pummelled large swaths of south and central China in June. Chinese authorities said that 279 people died in natural disasters in June and another 93 had gone missing, as the country was hit by floods, mudslides and earthquakes.
Emergency workers in Sichuan province used a makeshift zip line to rescue villagers from rising floodwaters. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.