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Death Toll Rises to 36, 15 Still Missing After Landslide Buries Chinese Village

A thick torrent of mud buried 21 houses in the landslide on Tuesday killing 29 people, including two children and a mother with a baby.


Updated:July 28, 2019, 4:19 PM IST
Death Toll Rises to 36, 15 Still Missing After Landslide Buries Chinese Village
Rescue personnel and tents are seen at the foot of a mountain after a landslide occurred at Liupanshui in the southwest China's Guizhou province July 24, 2019. (Reuters)

Beijing: The death toll in a landslide which buried a village in southwest China rose to 36, state broadcaster CCTV said on Sunday, with 15 still missing days after the disaster struck.

The state-run People's Daily said rescue work is ongoing at the site in Shuicheng county, Guizhou province, where a thick torrent of mud buried 22 houses in the landslide on Tuesday.

Official news agency Xinhua said on Saturday night that 40 people have been rescued from the site in Shuicheng county, Guizhou province, according to the local emergency rescue command.

A thick torrent of mud buried 21 houses in the landslide on Tuesday, and state broadcaster CCTV broadcast footage of rescue workers trying to reach survivors through a huge mound of earth. Two children and a mother with a baby were among those dead.

Xinhua said a local school had been set up as an emergency medical and rescue centre, with "multiple rescue teams and experts" still searching for those missing. The government has earmarked 30 million yuan ($4.35 million) for search and rescue efforts in the province, Xinhua reported, as well as the relocation of victims.

Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly after heavy rain, and the country has suffered severe flooding this year.

In August 2017 at least 30 people were killed in two separate landslides in the same rural province of Guizhou.

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