Wednesday, 19 August 2015

China landslide victims mourned, 52 remain missing

More than 700 people mourned the deaths of at least 12 people in a mudslide that engulfed a mining community in north-western China six days ago, state media reported on Tuesday.

Fifty-two people remain missing after the landslide struck 12.30am on Wednesday (1630 Tuesday GMT).

Most of the 12 bodies were found on Sunday and early on Monday as volunteers helped rescuers dig through the rubble of more than a dozen dormitories and three houses in a village of Shaanxi province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Relatives of the victims, county officials, soldiers and police paid silent tribute and left flowers at a nearby school.

Torrential rain suspended rescue work on Tuesday, but it will resume as soon as conditions allow, Xinhua said, citing the rescue headquarters.

Ten people escaped and four were dug out from the debris on Wednesday morning, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

The missing included seven children aged 6 or younger, including an 8-month-old girl, according to the People’s Daily newspaper.

Wednesday 19 August 2015


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