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.