Thursday, 20 August 2015

China landslide rescue suspended for safety concern

Rescue work has been suspended amid fears of more slides at a mining site in Shaanxi where 56 people remain missing.

Zhao Fasuo with the Chinese Commission for Disaster Reduction says the danger for search crews at the site is just too high at the moment.

"Too much digging among the rubble of the original slide has the potential to cause movement of on the hills behind. So we need to be aware of this. Of course we are trying to do everything we can to find the bodies of those still missing. However, we have to do this both responsibly and scientifically for the safety of those on the ground."

At the same time, forecasters are warning of heavy rains in the region for the next 2 to 3-days, leading to fears of even more slides taking place.

Official 12 people are confirmed dead following last week's deadly slide, which hit overnight on Monday while crews were sleeping in their dorms.

10 managed to escape, while 4 others were initially pulled from the rubble.

However, given the time which has passed since the slide hit, its highly unlikely any of the 56 others still listed as missing will be found alive.

Thursday 20 August 2015


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