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140 Missing After Huge Landslide in Sichuan

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source: itv.com

More than 140 people are missing and feared to have been buried under debris following a landslide in China.

According to the government of Mao county in Sichuan province the landslide from a mountain fell onto the village of Xinmo at about 6am (10pm BST) on Saturday, destroying some 40 homes.

A search and rescue operation is currently underway to find survivors.

The landslide unleashed huge rocks and mounds of earth on the village.

A local rescue official estimated 105 million cubic feet (3 million cubic metres) of earth and rock - enough to fill more than 1,000 Olympic swimming pools - had slid down the mountain.

Rescuers pulled three people, two of who had survived, from the rubble, while a family of three, including a baby who was just weeks old, managed to escape as the landslide began to hit their home.


Photos posted on social media show rescue workers searching through piles of rubble and large rocks as they look for missing people.

The landslide also blocked a one mile (1.6km) stretch of road and 1.25 mile (2km) stretch of a river.

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