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10 killed, 22 missing in NW China's rain-triggered landslide

(Xinhua)

09:22, September 19, 2011


Excavators work during a rescue operation at the site where a landslide occurred in Baqiao District of Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 18, 2011. The landslide was triggered on Saturday afternoon by a heavy rainfall. At least ten people were reported dead in the landslide till 5: 30 p.m. on Sunday. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

XI'AN, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and 22 others are missing after Saturday's rain-triggered landslide buried mountain-side factories in northwest Shaanxi Province, local officials said Sunday.

As of 5:30 p.m., rescuers have retrieved 10 bodies from beneath the rocks and mud that also injured five, said Zhu Zhisheng, vice mayor of the provincial capital city of Xi'an, who is at the site.

The injured are hospitalized and in stable condition, Zhu said.

Saturday's landslide at about 2 p.m. unleashed about 100,000 cubic meters of rock and mud down the mountain, engulfing a brick factory and destroying part of a nearby ceramics factory in a suburban district of Xi'an.

Rescuers found four bodies on Saturday night and six others were retrieved on Sunday.

More than 700 police, firefighters, and local residents have joined the rescue that remains under way.

However, the rescue was hampered by three follow-up slides between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday as heavy rains continued slashing the city.

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