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. (Read more landslide stories.)

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