China: Landslide buries more than 140 people
Is the Apocalypse on us yet? Arguments would most likely begin to spring up on many fronts as to meaning and feasibility of that. We wouldn’t delve into that. Not yet!
A landslide in South-west China has seen more than 140 people and about 46 homes buried on Saturday, officials confirmed.
Rescuers searched through the rubbles and rocks in frantic effort in search of those buried after the incident in Sichuan province.
People were rescued including a couple and a baby and have been taken to the hospital for treatment after the huge boulders swallowed 40 homes as a result of mountain collapse. The landslide blocked a two kilometre stretch of river and 1.6 kilometer of road as reported by Times of India.
Not less than 400 people, as well as the police were actively involved in the search and rescue efforts as they used earth movers and ropes in trying to pull large rocks away.
The county, Mao, is a home to about 110,00 people and Xinmo is know for tourism. Reports have not indicated if any visitor was trapped in the landslide.
The landslide is the largest in the area after the Wenchuan earthquake that killed about 87,000 people in 2008 in a town in Sichuan.
The landslide must have been triggered by heavy rain that attacked the region in recent days, a local police captain said.
The landslide struck the village at around 0600 am local time (2200 GMT).
President Xi Jinping called for rescuers to “spare no effort” in their search for survivors, according to CCTV.