Deadly Landslide Buries 62 Homes, 120 People
Hundreds of rescuers are searching for survivors in China
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2017 1:46 PM CDT
Emergency personnel and earthmoving equipment work at the site of a massive landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, June 24, 2017.   (Chinatopix via AP)
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(Newser) – Officials say more than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China, the AP reports. The Sichuan provincial government says the landslide, which came from a mountain, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo in Mao County at about 6am Saturday. Officials say a mile of road was buried in the disaster.

Search and rescue efforts were underway. State broadcaster China Central Television said more than 400 rescuers, including police, are involved. CCTV cited a rescuer as saying five bodies had been found. The official Sichuan Daily newspaper said on its microblog that rescuers pulled out three people, two of whom had survived.

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