Earthquakes blamed for China village landslide

Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 17:25

Beijing: The landslide which killed 46 villagers in China`s Yunnan province Friday could have been caused due to last year`s earthquakes in the same province, a Chinese expert has said.
According to a Chinese expert, the earthquakes that struck a county in Yunnan province last September were a contributing factor in the Friday`s landslide, Xinhua reported.

Steep slopes, unstable soil and recent precipitation contributed to the landslide, Jiang Xingwu, head of a group of geological disaster prevention experts under the provincial land and resources bureau, said during a press briefing.

Jiang said earthquakes that jolted Yiliang county Sept 7 last year were also a factor.

The deceased in Friday`s landslide included 19 children of the small village called Gaopo. The toll rose after two missing people were found Saturday morning.

According to the civil affairs bureau, 46 residents - 27 adults and 19 children - were buried in the landslide. The landslide hit the Gaopo village in Zhenxiong County around 8.20 a.m. Friday.

A State Council work group, comprising of officials from several ministries, arrived at the scene at 4 a.m. Saturday to coordinate rescue and disaster relief efforts.

The rescue and disaster relief operation involved over 1,000 rescue workers.

IANS

First Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 17:25
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