Beijing, June 24: More than 100 people are feared buried in a landslide in Sichuan province in S Western China. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village, Maoxian County, after the side of a mountain collapsed. A rescue operation is currently underway to try to locate and rescue the missing.
According to Chinese media reports, the province said the landslide from a mountain fell onto the village in early morning today. It blocked a 2 kilometer section of a river. The incident was reportedly triggered by heavy rain around 6am local time. The county government's website says search and rescue efforts are under way.
Authorities have described the massive landslide a first class catastrophic disaster. Emergency response measures have been activated and more than 500 rescuers are on the scene, citing provincial fire officials.
In October landslides battered eastern China in the wake of torrential rains brought by Typhoon Megi, causing widespread damage and killing at least eight.
More than 70 were killed by a landslide in the southern commercial hub of Shenzhen in December 2015, caused by the improper storage of waste.