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Chinese state media say 20 folks lifeless, 24 lacking after landslide


Rescue staff seek for survivors close to a broken home after a landslide hit Liangshui village, in Zhenxiong county of Zhaotong, Yunnan province, China, on January 23, 2024.
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“Twenty people are confirmed dead and 24 remain missing after a landslide in a remote, mountainous part of China’s southwestern province of Yunnan,” Chinese state media reported on January 23.

The catastrophe struck simply earlier than 6 a.m. on January 22 within the village of Liangshui within the northeastern a part of Yunnan.

Authorities resumed search and rescue operations on Tuesday after suspending the work quickly as a result of one other landslide alert.

“More than 1,000 rescuers were working amid freezing temperatures and falling snow,” based on the Ministry of Emergency Management. Two survivors had been rescued Monday.

State information company Xinhua, citing a preliminary investigation by native specialists, stated the landslide was triggered by the collapse of a steep clifftop space, with the collapsed mass measuring round 100 metres (330 ft) large, 60 metres (200 ft) in top and about a median of six metres (20 ft) in thickness. It didn’t elaborate on what prompted the preliminary collapse.

Rescuers struggled with snow, icy roads and freezing temperatures that had been forecast to persist for a minimum of the subsequent three days. Zhengxiong county lies about 2,250 km (1,400 miles) southwest of Beijing, with altitudes ranging as excessive as 2,400 metres (7,900 ft).

Heavy snow has been falling in lots of components of China, inflicting transportation chaos and endangering lives.

Last week, rescuers evacuated vacationers from a distant snowboarding space in north-western China the place dozens of avalanches triggered by heavy snow had trapped greater than 1,000 folks for per week. The avalanches blocked roads, stranding each vacationers and residents in a village in Altay prefecture within the Xinjiang area, near China’s border with Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Landslides, typically attributable to rain or unsafe development work, aren’t unusual in China. At least 70 folks had been killed in landslides final 12 months, together with greater than 50 at an open pit mine in China’s Inner Mongolia area.

In all, pure disasters in China left 691 folks lifeless and lacking and final 12 months, inflicting direct financial losses of about 345 billion yuan ($48 billion, based on the National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Emergency Management. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Natural Resources enacted emergency response measures for geological disasters and despatched a piece workforce of specialists to the location.

The landslide in Yunnan additionally got here simply over a month after China’s strongest earthquake in years struck the northwest in a distant area between Gansu and Qinghai province. At least 149 folks had been killed within the magnitude 6.2 temblor that struck on Dec. 18, lowering houses to rubble and triggering heavy mudslides that inundated two villages in Qinghai province.

Nearly 1,000 folks had been injured and greater than 14,000 houses had been destroyed in what was China’s deadliest earthquake in 9 years.

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