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Landslide buries over 50 in southwest China

56 people were buried under rocks while three others were rescued following a landslide in a mining area in southwest China on Friday.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2009 20:11 IST
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56 people were buried under rocks while three others were rescued following a landslide in a mining area in southwest China on Friday.

The landslide occurred at about 3 pm in Jiwei Mountain of Wulong County in Chongqing. Millions of cubic meters of rock spilled a valley and buried an iron ore plant and six houses.

The three rescued people were unconscious and receiving emergency treatment at a hospital, officials said.

Liu Qi, Communist Party chief of Wulong County, told Xinhua that 50 quarry workers and several other people remained trapped under the boulders.

Firefighters and medical staff have rushed to the site for rescue work. The landslide has cut power and communication cable lines in the area.

First Published: Jun 05, 2009 19:42 IST