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64 remain missing after NW China landslide

(Xinhua)    16:47, August 14, 2015

XI'AN, Aug. 14 -- Sixty-four people, including seven minors, are still missing after a landslide buried the living quarters of a mining company in northwest China's Shaanxi Province early Wednesday, local authorities said on Friday.

The seven minors include four daughters of a local villager, aging from eight months to six years old, according to the government of Shanyang County, Shangluo City, where the landslide occurred.

A total of 64 people, 48 male and 16 female, went missing after more than 15 dorms and three houses were buried at Wuzhou mining company in the mountainous county of Shanyang just after midnight on Wednesday, the government said.

They are identified as local villagers, workers of the Wuzhou mining company and their families, and workers from two other construction teams.

Earlier reports put the number of missing at 65 as one person's name was recorded twice, said Kang Mingliang, a spokesperson for the government of Shanyang County.

After the landslide, ten people managed to escape on their own and four others were dug out by rescuers and taken to hospital. All four are stable.

More than 700 police, firefighters, mining rescuers and paramedics are still searching for the missing. Nearby residents have been evacuated.

There are a number of vanadium mines in the area and residents have often voiced concern about the effect of mining on the environment.

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