Close to 140 people from 40 homes are feared buried in a massive landslide in Maoxian County in China’s Sichuan Province, state media reported. Rescue operations have begun to trace those missing.
According to a statement from the Maoxian government news office, the side of a mountain collapsed leading to debris falling on the 40 homes in Xinmo village. The full extent of the landslide is unclear at the moment even as an emergency response ‘to the first class catastrophic geological disaster’ has been put into operation.
Three people were pulled out of the debris. The couple and their baby are being treated at the Mao country hospital. Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered efforts to save people buried in the landslide. More than 300 rescuers carrying excavation and life-detection instruments were rushed to the site, said Tang Limin, spokesperson of Sichuan provincial government. Roads in the county were closed to all traffic except emergency services.
A Xinhua news report said a ‘part of a mountain’ in the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba had collapsed. In mountainous parts of China, landslides are common often putting thousands of lives in danger. Earlier in January, at least 12 people were killed in January when a landslide hit into a hotel in central Hubei province.
(With inputs from AFP)
This is a developing story. More news awaited.