Heavy rains disrupt rescue at SW China landslide-hit quarry

09:07, May 13, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Hundreds of police and firefighters searching for buried workers at a landslide-hit quarry in southwestern China were evacuated Thursday as heavy rains pounded the area again.

Rescuers still hope to find the three quarry workers still missing under the sludge at the quarry located in a mountain valley in Quanzhou County, near the tourist city of Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

A landslide engulfed the quarry workers' dormitory amid heavy rains on Monday afternoon. Eighteen bodies have been recovered and one survivor died on the way to the hospital, bringing the total confirmed death toll to 19.

Local officials say that although life detector-wielding rescuers found no signs of life under the rubble, the mission will not end until all missing workers are recovered.

Authorities cordoned off the landslide site on Thursday.

The local weather forecast bureau expects the rainfall to last until the weekend, prompting authorities to issue a warning for new geological disasters in the area.

The quarry is nestled among mountains in a remote part of Quanzhou, with no residents living nearby.

Source: Xinhua
BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
Japan in aftershocks
  Weekly review  
May 05   Fight against terrorism should strike at roots
April 29   'Human rights overriding sovereignty' only a mask of hegemony
May 04   Human rights dialogues need mutual understanding
May 03   Highlights of China's sixth national census results
May 07   The week in pictures
May 03   Expats seeking opportunities in China
May 04   Some Chinese colleges face decreasing enrollment, struggle to survive
May 05   French leader: China's peaceful rise puts world at ease
April 29   Ten most valuable cultural relics displayed at Xi'an exposition park
May 03   US kills Bin Laden, ending 10-year manhunt


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden dead
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • 'Sleeping Beauty' hits Cannes
  • Senior Chinese leader urges Hunan to align economic growth with environmental protection
  • Chinese vice president calls for efforts to maintain Macao's prosperity
  • Quake museum opens in Qingchuan, SW China
  • Cast members promote movie 'Kung Fu Panda 2' in Cannes
  • Medvedev encourages political competition in Russia
Hot Forum Dicussion