Work on relief well stops as storm approaches

(CNN) — Remnants of what was Tropical Depression Five will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast late Wednesday or early Thursday and will stall the crucial work of permanently sealing BP’s ruptured oil well.

Permanently sealing the well in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait about four days after the storm passes the site, the government’s point man in the Gulf said Wednesday.

As the heavy rains and gusty winds associated with the weakening tropical depression moved closer to the Gulf Coast Wednesday, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters crews were preparing for whatever weather was to come.


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Death toll climbs to 1,117 in China mudslides

Zhouqu County, China (CNN) — There were homes here once but Yueyuan village is now a sweeping mud plain. Residents dig through the sludge where they think their bedroom once was.

Maybe there is still a loved one under there. Maybe he or she is still alive, though hopes of finding survivors in China’s massive mudslides are fast dimming.

The death toll Wednesday soared to 1,117, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, though local residents believe that number to be higher.

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