China Landslide Rescue Efforts Underway; 26 Dead
Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a landslide buried an iron-ore mine in southwestern China near Chongqing city, Sichuan province. State media has confirmed 26 dead, 8 injured, and 74 missing.
Hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers were on Saturday searching for dozens of people feared buried alive when part of a mountain collapsed in a massive landslide in south-west China, officials said.
Seventy-four people were missing after the disaster struck on Friday afternoon in an iron ore mining district of the vast Chongqing municipality, a Chongqing government spokesperson told a televised news conference.
[...]Eight people have been rescued from the debris, with three seriously injured and one of those in a critical condition, local officials said. They were all taken to hospital.
Recovery efforts were being hampered as heavy machinery cannot be used on the unstable terrain, officials said.
Further rain is also expected in the region, slowing the work of some 500 rescuers who have been drafted to help.
[...]Rescuers told state news agency Xinhua that they were hopeful of finding 27 miners who were underground at the time, but that prospects for those buried on the surface were not good.
See the BBC article for a video of Chinese media coverage of rescue efforts as well.
From the Guardian:
More than 500 rescuers were today searching for survivors of a landslide that buried an iron ore plant and several homes, killing 26 people and leaving dozens missing in a valley in south-western China, state television said.
Nineteen miners and seven employees of a mobile phone company were killed in the landslide yesterday afternoon in Wulong county, about 90 miles (150km) from Chongqing city, CCTV said.
[...]An official from Chongqing’s work safety supervision bureau said the landslide did not appear to be related to mining activities. Similar landslides have been reported around China, including one in northern Shanxi province last year in which 277 people died after a makeshift holding reservoir burst and a wave of mud and iron-mining waste inundated a valley.