Two people were killed and 21 others trapped by a mudslide triggered by the heavy rains Wednesday in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing officials.

The mudslide occurred at 10:30 a.m. in Zhongxing, a town outside the city of Dujiangyan, one of the areas most affected by the May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake that killed 90,000 people.

A tourist and a resident were killed by the mudslide, Dujiangyan government officials told Xinhua.

Firefighters are trying to rescue the 21 people trapped by the mudslide, emergency services officials said.

Both local villagers and tourists have been moved to safer areas, Xinhua said.

The torrential rains that have affected Sichuan province are expected to continue for several days, the weather service said. EFE