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More Than 100 People Possibly Buried by Landslide in China -- 2nd Update

24 Jun 2017 5:33 am
By Chao Deng 

BEIJING--A landslide that crashed into a mountain village in southwestern China's Sichuan province early Saturday was feared to have buried more than 100 people, according to local authorities.

More than 40 homes were buried by the landslide, which happened around 6 a.m. and came after heavy rains. It blocked 1 1/4 -mile section of a river in Xinmo village, according to an announcement on the website of the local county government.

There were no details on casualties. According to an employee of the Maoxian county government, a couple and their baby had been rescued from the rubble. She said there was no other information.

Photos posted on the county government's site and videos circulated by state media showed rescue crew struggling to move giant rocks, as well as excavator trucks on the scene.

State media said more than 400 people, including police, were involved in the search-and-rescue effort.

Kersten Zhang contributed to this article

Write to Chao Deng at chao.deng@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 24, 2017 01:33 ET (05:33 GMT)
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