Nine people were killed and 35 were missing after multiple mudslides struck Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Sichuan province on Tuesday, local authorities said, according to

As of 7 pm on Tuesday, rain-triggered disasters had affected 17 townships in the prefecture, injuring six people, three severely, according to the prefectural emergency management bureau.

By Tuesday night, more than 34,000 tourists had evacuated Wenchuan county, which was hit by multiple mudslides following heavy rainfall. Efforts to help roughly 13,000 tourists evacuate the area are underway.

Local authorities are also making efforts to help more than 12,000 trapped tourists evacuate the Wolong special administrative zone in Wenchuan.

About 280 firefighters are clearing highways across the prefecture. Villagers have also joined them. By about 2 pm on Wednesday, the highway between Wenchuan and Maoxian county had reopened, local authorities said.

Four other roads are only accessible to rescue vehicles: Lixian county to Wenchuan; Sanjiang county to Chengdu; Gengda to Chengdu; and Maoxian county to Beichuan county.