A landslide struck a rural district in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Sunday morning, killing 19 people and leaving several others missing, authorities said.
The mountainous region has seen rainfall lasting weeks, saturating the top soil.
More than 180 people were helping to find those buried under the debris in Sichuan’s Leshan county, with the search continuing into the afternoon, the Communist Party committee of Jinhouke district said on its social media account.
Those killed were all apparently workers with the Jinkaiyuan mining company, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
With its humid, rainy climate, southwestern China is prone to landslides, especially in areas where there has been large-scale shifting of land due to farming, deforestation or engineering projects.
Published: by Radio NewsHub