The death toll caused by mountain torrents that hit an armed police unit in east China's Fujian Province Sunday night rose to 80 on Friday, rescuers said.
Of the 57 survivors, 39 were wounded and hospitalized, some of whom have recovered. Rescuers are still searching for the 5 who remain missing.
Service people, police officers and local residents have been engaged in the rescue work over the past five days and have recovered 80 bodies.
The sudden downpour brought by Typhoon Longwang hit the unit stationed in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, on Sunday night, when mountain torrents dashed against two houses and washed away the people inside.
The reason for the disaster is under investigation, the sources said.
(Xinhua News Agency October 8, 2005)