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Around 100 People Feared Buried by Landslide in China -- Update

24 Jun 2017 4:19 am
Associated Press 

BEIJING--Around 100 people are feared buried by a landslide that unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday, a county government said.

The landslide from a mountain engulfed the village of Xinmo around 6 a.m. local time, burying some 40 homes, the government of Mao County in Sichuan province said. The landslide also blocked about a 1 1/4 -section of a river.

Wang Yongbo, a local rescue official, told state broadcaster CCTV that an estimated 105 million cubic feet of earth and rock had slid down the mountain.

The county government's website said search-and-rescue efforts were under way. CCTV said more than 400 rescuers, including police, were involved in the operation.

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

CCTV showed footage of rescuers using a couple of earth movers but also relying on ropes to pull at huge rocks. A meteorologist interviewed by the broadcaster said there had been light rains in the area that would continue for a few days.

Mao County, or Maoxian, is home to about 110,000 people, according to the government's website. Most residents are of the Qiang ethnic minority.

The village is known locally for tourism and Chinese reports said it was unclear if tourists were among the people buried by the landslide. The village includes a hotel.

Copyright 2017 the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 24, 2017 00:19 ET (04:19 GMT)
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