Saturday, September 23, 2017

100 people feared buried in China landslide


State-run media say heavy rainfall triggered the slide in Sichuan province

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 23, 2017 10:31 PM ET
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017 10:50 PM ET

A county government in southwestern China says around 100 people from 40 homes are feared buried by a landslide that crashed into their homes.

The government of Mao county in Sichuan province says the landslide from a mountain fell onto the village of Xinmo at about 6 a.m. Saturday local time. It blocked a 2 kilometer section of a river.

The county government’s website says search and rescue efforts are underway.

Photos posted on the site showed piles of rubble and large rocks and emergency responders helping a woman by the road.

Images posted on Twitter by People’s Daily showed bulldozers moving earth and bounders as part of the rescue effort.

It’s not the first severe landslide to occur in China in 2017. In Hubei province January 22, 12 people were killed when 3,000 cubic metres of debris tumbled down a slope behind the three-story hotel.

More to come.

With files from CBC News

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