6 Jun 2009

Landslide in China

8:34 am on 6 June 2009

A landslide in south-western China has buried nearly 60 people.

State media report three survivors have been pulled from under the rocks and two bodies found.

Fifty mine workers and nine residents were initially thought to be buried by the landslide, in an iron-ore mining area of the Chongqing region.

Xinhua news agency said the landslide happened in a mountainous area of Wulong county at around 3pm (0700 GMT) on Friday.

The news agency said millions of cubic metres of rock flooded a valley, burying an iron ore plant and six houses in Tiekuang township, and cutting power and communication lines.

An official for the Chongqing government said rescue workers, doctors and digging equipment have arrived on the scene.

Xinhua said the three injured survivors were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The BBC reports it is not clear what caused the incident.