China Landslide: at Least 15 Dead, 140 Buried in Sichuan Mountain Village
After days of torrential rains, nearly 300 million cubic feet of rock and soil ? equivalent to some 3,000 Olympic-sized pools ?covered the village and a hotel in the worst landslide to hit the region since 2008.
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Deadly landslide in southwestern China
Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6 a.m. in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet, according to the official Xinhua state news agency. President Xi Jinping urged on the rescue effort, but state broadcaster CCTV reported that by midday the only people rescued were a couple and their two-month-old baby.
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