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China Landslide Death toll Rises to 20, With Dozens Still Missing

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China Landslide Death toll Rises to 20, With Dozens Still Missing

(CTN News) – In Yunnan province, rescue workers are battling freezing temperatures and snow to locate 47 buried victims of a landslide. Rescue workers battled freezing temperatures and snow to locate dozens of missing people in China’s Yunnan province on Tuesday afternoon as the death toll from a landslide rose to 20.

On Tuesday, state-owned China Central Television reported that rescuers sifted deep mounds of earth throughout the night at the site of the landslide in Zhenxiong County.

According to a report from the Sichuan Daily Newspaper Press Group-owned local media outlet The Cover, one rescuer claimed that the unstable soil prevented the use of large machines.

The top of the excavation may collapse if the excavation is unloaded below. According to the report, large-scale mechanical operations are difficult, and rescues are very difficult on-site.

China Landslide Death toll Rises to 20, With Dozens Still Missing

47 people from 18 households were reported missing after Monday’s landslide

At least 47 people from 18 households were reported missing after Monday’s landslide, CCTV reported, and 20 have now been confirmed dead. There were 24 missing people, and rescuers had accounted for three. According to the National Health Commission, two people were hospitalised for head and body injuries.

Gu, a man who witnessed the landslid, told a state-owned TV station for the neighbouring province of Guizhou: “The mountain just collapsed. Dozens were buried.” His relatives were buried under the rubble, he said.

China Landslide Death toll Rises to 20, With Dozens Still Missing

“Everyone was sleeping in their homes,” he said. CCTV reported that more than 500 people were evacuated from their homes. The landslide occurred at the top of a steep mountain slope, officials said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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