Seventeen people were confirmed dead and 44 others were missing after torrential rains triggered landslides in southwest China on Tuesday, a local official and state media said. In Yunnan province, four people were killed and 42 others went missing when a mountainside came crashing down on a local township in the city of Zhaotong, a local official told foreign news agency. "The township is located in a river valley surrounded by mountains, people were buried in their homes," said the official from Qiaojia county, who asked not to be named. "Torrential rains caused the landslides," he added. Another 53 people were injured in the disaster, the official news agency reported.