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More Than 140 May Be Buried After Landslide In Southwest China

Chinese troops troops and rescue workers during a site of a landslide in in Xinmo village, Sichuan range on Saturday.

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Chinese troops troops and rescue workers during a site of a landslide in in Xinmo village, Sichuan range on Saturday.

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More than 140 people might be buried after a landslide in a city of Xinmo in southwest China Saturday.

Local officials are estimating 46 homes were buried underneath tons of rubble.

Chinese state news group Xinhua reports that during slightest 3 people had been discovered and taken to a sanatorium with injuries it pronounced were not life-threatening.

The landslide fell from “a high partial of a mountain” nearby, a group reports. Xinhua quoted a supervision of Sichuan province, where a city is located, as observant 141 people were missing.

“There are several tons of rock,” troops captain Chen Tiebo told a state radio network CCTV, according to a BBC. “It’s a seismic area here,” he said.

The Sichuan supervision has dispatched some-more than “500 rescuers with 23 sniffer dogs and 16 life detectors” for hunt and rescue efforts, according Xinhua.

“Initial accounts from villagers circuitously pronounced there had been sleet in a area, though some pronounced it was not really complicated and there was no pointer of an imminent landslide,” NPR’s Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai.

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More children than common might be in a city since China’s schools are on vacation, Schmitz adds.

The landslide fell around 6 a.m. internal time, Xinhua says, and also blocked a territory of a circuitously stream and buried about a mile of a road.

The city stays but power, a group adds, and a informal supervision has authorized about $730,000-worth of rescue funding.

A large trembler strike a Sichuan range in 2008, that left about 90,000 passed or missing, and a BBC records it also caused a landslide that killed 37 tourists.