On Saturday, The Chinese rescuers burnished through rocks in a hysterical search for more than 140 people who were dread buried under the land after a landslide disintegrate a mountain in a village in southwest Sichuan province. Chinese rescuers launched an emergency rescue operation, the local officials said.
A baby and a couple were rescued from the landslide and were taken to hospital. According to the Maoxin county government, more than 40 homes in the village of Xinmo were swallowed by the cascading debris after the side of a mountain collapsed.
The People’s Daily said, citing a Maoxin county government spokesman said, 46 homes and around 141 people were buried down under the landslide and The landslide blocked a two kilometre which is around one mile stretch of river and 1.6 kilometre of road.
According to videos posted by the Maoxian government on its Weibo social media account, the Chinese rescuers used ropes to move a massive disintegrated rock while dozens of others searched the rubble for survivors. Also, many heavy diggers and bulldozers were deployed to remove boulders, the video showed. A medical team were found treating a woman on a road.
One of the local officials in charge of rescue efforts, Wang Yongbo said, the vital signs one of the survivors are weak.
Referring to the disaster from 2008 that killed around 87,000 people in a town in Sichuan, he said,” Since the Wenchuan earthquake, this is the biggest landslide in this area.”
Chen Tiebao, Local police captain said,” The heavy rains that hit the region in recent days had triggered the landslide.”
He told the state broadcaster CCTV,” There are several tonnes of rock. It is a seismic area here where the land is not so much vegetated.”
He said,” Trees can help absorb excess rain and help to prevent landslides.”
According to CCTV, 500 people were taking part in rescue operation conducted by Chinese team.
The local government statement said, an emergency response is under way, to the first class catastrophic geological disaster, adding that the full extent of the landslide was at unclear.
A report from the state’s news agency Xinhua said that the landslide came from a high part of a mountain in the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba had collapsed.
The landslide struck the village at around 6 am (2200 GMT), according to local time.
According to CCTV report, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for rescuers to spare no effort in their search for survivors.
Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly during rainy seasons and at the time of heavy rains.
This year in January, when a landslide crushed a hotel in central Hubei province at least 12 people were killed and In October landslides in eastern China due to heavy rains brought by Typhoon “Megi” causing widespread damage and killed at least eight people.
In December 2015, more than 70 peoples were killed by a landslide in the southern commercial hub of Shenzhen which was caused by the storage of waste in the area.
And also the one of the deadliest landslides that took place in 1991 in south western Yunnan province and were killed around 216 people.