China landslide: 35 people among missing found safe; 15 killed


No one was injured in the new and smaller avalanche as the area where the village once stood had been cordoned off following warnings on Monday, Xinhua reported. Rescue efforts are ongoing but authorities have expressed little hope of finding any survivors.

By GCR Staff0 CommentsMore than 3,000 rescuers have been searching for at least 118 people trapped under rocks and mud by a landslide that engulfed 62 homes in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday, 24 June.

Before rescue work stopped Monday, only three people had been rescued and 10 bodies had been recovered.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that by midday only three people had been pulled from the rubble ― a couple and their two-month-old baby.

It carried an estimated 18 million cubic meters of earth and rock - equivalent to more than 7,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools - when it slid down steep mountain slopes. Some of it fell from as high as a mile.

The landslide swept over more than 60 homes as dawn broke in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan province.

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One elderly man, who asked to stay nameless for the media, noted that there had been landslides before and caused the big danger, but authorities never offered to help them move.

Xinhua added that there were "risks of a secondary landslide". They told us a central government official was going to come to visit us.

There were 142 tourists in the village around the time the landslide hit, and all were alive, said Xu Zhiwen, executive deputy governor of Aba prefecture. "The whole village is done for", she said.

Geological monitoring was continuing, the Maoxian county government said on its Weibo account. A massive natural disaster in 2008 in nearby Wenchuan County 40 kilometres (25 miles) away killed almost 90,000 people.

Mao county sits next to Wenchuan. State media said the mountainside that collapsed onto the village had been weakened by the 2008 natural disaster.