Death Toll Rises to 46 in SW China Landslide
   2013-01-12 12:35:12      Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

A rescuer and an excavator work at the mud-inundated debris after a landslide hit Gaopo Village in Zhenxiong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Jan. 11, 2013. Rescuers continue their efforts to search for the missing people. [Photo: Xinhua]


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The death toll from a landslide that hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province Friday rose to 46 as bodies of the last two missing were found Saturday morning, rescuers said.

The landslide happened in the village of Gaopo in Zhenxiong County, which is located 5-hundred kilometers northeast of Yunnan's capital Kunming.

Wang Jiayin is a local official.

"All the heavy equipment, including bulldozers and trucks have all been dispatched to the scene and have started to remove the debris. We've also deployed county level firefighting troops and police, they've now arrived and started rescue operations."

Meantime, China's Ministry of Land and Resources has activated a level-2 emergency response after the latest land slide in Yunnan.

A team of experts with the Ministry is on their way to assess the disaster area and help determine what could have caused the landslide.

Less than 3 months ago, 19 people in a nearby county were killed in a similar landslide.

Geological experts said the slide was caused by a series of earthquakes a month before and some other environmental factors including continuous rain and the mountain landscape.

It is feared rescue efforts may be hampered by the approaching weather conditions which is expected to see some light snow and below freezing weather conditions in the coming days.

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