Landslide buries over 50 people in China

June 5th, 2009 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Chongqing (China), June 5 (Xinhua) Three people were rescued while 56 others remained buried under rocks Friday following a landslide in a mining area in southwest China.
The landslide occurred at about 3 p.m. in Jiwei Mountain in Wulong County. Millions of cubic meters of rock spilled a valley and buried an iron ore plant and six houses.

The three rescued people were unconscious and receiving emergency treatment at a hospital, officials said.

Liu Qi, Communist Party chief of Wulong County, told Xinhua that 50 quarry workers and several other people remained trapped under the boulders.

The firefighters and medical staff have rushed to the site for rescue work. The landslide cut power and communication cable lines in the area.

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