China Investigates Landslide That Buried Village

From AP:

Chinese authorities launched an investigation Monday into an industrial landslide that buried a village in northern China, amid claims that officials initially downplayed the scale of the tragedy, a state news agency reported.

The Aug. 1 landslide was triggered when an overloaded waste dump at an iron mine toppled onto the village of Sigou in the province of Shanxi, killing 44 people, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Local authorities at first tried to hide the severity of the disaster in which more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of rock and iron ore waste swamped the village, Xinhua said.

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