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23 killed, seven missing in heavy landslides in China

At least 23 workers were killed and seven others wounded today when the sides of a mountain virtually collapsed due to heavy rains, triggering landslides in China's southwest Sichuan Province.

world Updated: Jun 15, 2010 18:21 IST

At least 23 workers were killed and seven others wounded on Tuesday when the sides of a mountain virtually collapsed due to heavy rains, triggering landslides in China's southwest Sichuan Province.

The landslides occurred at around 1:25 am, crushing work sheds at a hydroelectric project construction site in Pengta Town, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported.

Preliminary investigation showed the mountain caved in due to heavy rains.

The rescue operations ended after all the 34 workers in the sheds were accounted for.

Four workers managed to escape unharmed when the collapse occurred, another seven were injured, among whom three were severely wounded.

The collapsed part of the mountain reached 40,000 cubic metres, temporally blocking a river.