China landslide buries village leaving 10 dead and 93 missing

Ten bodies are pulled out of the rubble as rescue workers, using their bare hands, excavators and dogs, race against time.

Rescue workers have pulled 10 bodies out of piles of rock and mud and were still searching for 93 people after a massive landslide struck in southwestern China.

The mountain rock slip engulfed more than 40 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo in Maoxian county, Sichuan Province, around 6am local time on Saturday.


So far only three people – a couple and their one-month-old baby – have been rescued, and hope of finding survivors was fading.

A resident of the area, Han Jianying, said: “This is useless. Everyone’s going to be in pieces anyway.”

Rescue workers pull a rescue dog across a river at the site of a landslide in the village of Xinmo, Mao County, Sichuan Province, China June 25, 2017. CNS/An Yuan via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS18J9K


More than 2,500 rescuers – some digging with bare hands, some using detection devices and dogs – were looking for signs of life as industrial excavators removed rubble at the site.

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