Hopes fade in China as more landslide victims found

- Reuters, MAO COUNTY (China)

Jun 26, 2017-

Rescue workers in China pulled more bodies out of piles of rock and mud on Sunday as they searched for 93 people still missing a day after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading of finding survivors.

A couple and their two-month-old baby were the only survivors reported to be found alive in the rubble hours after the massive landslide crashed down on the village of Xinmo, in the southwest province of Sichuan as dawn broke on Saturday.

Authorities reduced the number of missing after confirming the safety of 15 people directly or through relatives, according to the official microblog for Xinmo’s propaganda department.

Ten more bodies were recovered by early afternoon on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 25, the microblog said.

Geological experts said that chances of survival for the missing were slim, state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.

“We weren’t able to pull anyone out alive,” Wu Youheng who lives in a neighbouring village and rushed to help rescue efforts on Saturday, told Reuters.

“We pulled out two people but they were already dead. I think it’s too late, they’re unlikely to find anyone else alive.”

Wu said that the area was prone to landslides but the scale of Saturday’s slide was unprecedented.

Published: 26-06-2017 09:38

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