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At least 100 missing in Sichuan after Chinese landslide

24 Juin 2017

More than 100 people were feared buried after a landslide in China on Saturday, official sources said.

About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village, Maoxian county, after the side of a mountain collapsed.

China has been experiencing weeks of heavy summer rains that often cause flooding and trigger landslides in rural and mountainous regions. A rescue mission in the southwest village is underway. The full extent of the landslide is unclear at the moment even as an emergency response "to the first class catastrophic geological disaster" has been put into operation.

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Pictures posted on Twitter by the People's Daily newspaper show bulldozers moving earth and large boulders as the rescue effort continues.

A previous slip in 2014 killed 11 people and damaged vehicles on the No 213 national highway in Maoxian county, Sichuan province.

It occurred in a hilly area of Sichuan, inhabited by Tibetans and another minority, the Qiang people.