Landslide in China leaves 41 people missing

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On Saturday night, in Taining distrinct, Fujian Province, China, a landslide of about 100,000 cubic metres hit a construction site for a hydraulic power station. Initial reports said 34 people were missing, but over the following hours local authorities increased this figure to 41 people missing.

This event occurred after heavy rains recorded the previous day in that area. The country's president, Xi Jinping, asked local authorities to increase their efforts to establish the whereabouts of missing persons.

This slippage also reportedly injured seven people. Xinhua also said the rescue effort and search for possible survivors has involved more than 400 rescuers. Released images of this landslide show various structural remains — walls, roofs, etc. — embedded in muddy earth at a riverbank.

Last December in Shenzhen City, a landslide buried 77 people. The government indicated at the time the disaster was due to safety regulation violations.