41 missing, 7 injured in China landslide as rescue ops continue

  • Agencies, Beijing
  • Updated: May 08, 2016 21:07 IST
(Representative image) At least 41 people were missing and seven others injured when a landslide buried a construction site of a hydropower station in China’s southern Fujian province. (HT File Photo)

The number of people missing in a landslide in China’s southeastern Fujian province has risen to 41, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, citing local officials.

Xinhua had said earlier that 34 people were missing after the landslide triggered by heavy rain hit a hydroelectric power station that was under construction on Sunday.

Seven people were injured, the agency said, and President Xi Jinping had demanded that county officials step up rescue efforts.

Eight other workers were pulled out alive, officials and state-run media reported.

Rocks and mud with a volume of 100,000 cubic metres (3.5 million cubic feet) buried an office building and the workers’ living area at the site in mountainous Taining county in Fujian province around 5 am on Sunday, according to a website run by the county’s Communist Party’s publicity department.

An official at the county department said by phone that the cause of the landslide was still unclear, but that the area had seen rainfall in the past few days.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that a 75-year-old woman and her 3-year-old great-grandson were washed away in an overflowing river from Friday to Saturday in Hubei province. Rainstorms had earlier led to the evacuation of more than 1,000 people in Guangxi region, and collapsed a road in Guizhou province that left one person dead and one missing.

In December, a landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen buried 77 people. The government has blamed breaches of construction safety rules for that disaster and a number of officials have been arrested.

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