Rescue efforts underway as 47 individuals are buried in a landslide in southwest China
Early on Monday, a landslide in the mountainous Yunnan province in southwestern China buried 47 people and led to the evacuation of 500 more, as reported by the news agency AP.
Occurring prior to 6 am, the disaster struck the village of Liangshui, located under the town of Tangfang in Zhenxiong County. The country’s publicity department reported ongoing rescue operations aimed at locating victims in 18 individual houses.
Nevertheless, there were no immediate accounts of fatalities or injuries. The reason for the landslide remained unclear, although images from the site suggested the presence of snow on the ground.
The landslide occurred slightly more than a month following the most potent earthquake in years, which struck the remote region between Gansu and Qinghai province in northwest China.
A minimum of 149 individuals lost their lives in the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that occurred on December 18. The quake demolished homes, leading to the engulfing of two villages in Qinghai province by substantial mudslides.
China’s deadliest earthquake in nine years resulted in nearly 1,000 injuries and the destruction of over 14,000 homes.