Hopes fade in China as more landslide victims found

MAO COUNTY, China — Rescue workers in China pulled more bodies out of piles of rock and mud on Sunday as they searched for more than 100 people still missing a day after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading of finding survivors, Reuters has reported.

A couple and their two-month-old baby were found alive in the hours after the massive landslide crashed down on the village of Xinmo, in the southwest province of Sichuan, as dawn broke on Saturday, but there was no news of any other survivors being found, Reuters added.

Nine more bodies were recovered by late morning on Sunday, according to an official, bringing the toll of confirmed dead to 24, and there are 109 people still missing.

Geological experts said that chances of survival for the missing were slim. “We weren’t able to pull anyone out alive,” Wu Youheng, who lives in a neighbouring village and rushed to help rescue efforts on Saturday, told Reuters.

“We pulled out two people but they were already dead. I think it’s too late, they’re unlikely to find anyone else alive,” he added.

Wu said that the area was prone to landslides but the scale of Saturday’s slide was unprecedented.

At risk from more landslides in the area, a massive rescue effort involving more than 3,000 rescue workers was underway, Reuters added.

Source: Emirates News Agency