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2017-06-24

More than 140 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China.

State media say about 40 homes were destroyed, in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed at about 06:00am local time.

Rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors trapped beneath rocks. Pictures posted by the People’s Daily newspaper show bulldozers moving earth and large boulders as the rescue effort continues.

AFP news agency reports, citing local authorities that a couple and a baby were rescued and taken to hospital after teams of workers used ropes to move large rocks while dozens of others searched the rubble.

The landslide blocked a two-kilometre stretch of a river, Xinhua news agency reports.

Local police told state broadcaster CCTV the landslide had been triggered by recent heavy rains in the region and that the situation was made worse by a lack of vegetation in the area.

Roads in the county were closed on Saturday to all traffic except emergency services.


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