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More than 140 missing as homes buried by China landslide

More than 140 missing as homes buried by China landslideā€

BEIJING, China-Chinese rescuers scoured through rocks on Saturday in a frantic search for more than 140 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province.

The landslide happened at about 6 a.m.in Mao County, located in a mountainous area in Sichuan province on the edge of the Tibetan plateau.

"The government believes that the Chinese government and people could overcome the difficulties and hopes that speedy rescue and rebuilding could take place very soon", it said.

The Maoxian government said on its Weibo social media account that six bodies were pulled from the rubble while 112 people remained missing. Rubble slid 800 metres (half a mile) down a steep slope to block a two-kilometre stretch of river and 1.6 kilometres of road, official state news agency Xinhua said.It said more than a thousand were involved in the rescue effort, including more than a hundred medical staff.

"There are several tons of rock", police captain Chen Tiebo told the state broadcaster CCTV. In 2008, almost 70,000 people died when an 8.0 magnitude tremor hit Sichuan's Wenchuan County.

An official leading the rescue efforts told state broadcast China Central Television that it was the worst landslide to hit the area since the Wenchuan quake.

Photos showed an area buried by earth and massive rocks.

More than 60 houses have been buried in Xinmo Village, according to Xinhua.

The Sichuan government has dispatched more than "500 rescuers with 23 sniffer dogs and 16 life detectors" for search and rescue efforts, according Xinhua.

Emergency personnel and locals work at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, June 24, 2017. State media had earlier reported that 141 people may have been buried but did not explain why the figure had been revised.

In October landslides battered eastern China in the wake of torrential rains brought by Typhoon Megi, causing widespread damage and killing at least eight.



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