Landslide in China Kills 34, Destroys Warehouse

AP is reporting that the landslide in Shanxi has killed 34 people, with numerous others still trapped:

The flow of mud and rocks in Shanxi province in northern China on Monday also injured an additional 35 people, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the local rescue headquarters.

Xinhua earlier reported that 26 had died, but raised that figure to 34 on Tuesday.

The landslide — in Xiangfen county of Linfen city — knocked down a mine warehouse, trapping an unknown number of people inside, Xinhua said. A three-story office building, a market and some houses were also destroyed, the report said.

Rescuers said it was difficult to identify the victims as most of the mine workers were migrants from elsewhere in Shanxi, Chongqing and central Hubei province, the report said.

September 8, 2008 9:29 PM
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