Landslide buries mountain village in South West China



    Landslide buries mountain village in South West China

    June 24,Beijing:  A Landslide on Saturday morning in China’s southwestern Sichuan province has buried the homes of around 100 people, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

    The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6 a.m in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet. The landslide blocked a two-kilometer (1.24 miles) stretch of a nearby river and 1.6 kilometers of road, according to Xinhua. villagers and rescuers scrambling over mounds of mud and rocks that had slid down the mountainside. Xinhua said there were 400 people involved in the rescue effort and 6 ambulances were at the scene, and more were on their way.

    The area is prone to earthquakes, including one in 1933 that resulted in parts of Diexi town becoming submerged by a nearby lake, and an 8.0 magnitude tremor in central Sichuan's Wenchuan county in 2008 that killed nearly 70,000 people.

    The Oslo Times International News Network