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Xi urges utmost landslide rescue efforts
2013-07-15 12:57

BEIJING, July 12 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday urged sparing no efforts in searching for people left missing after a serious landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Xi said the government will also do its best to assist the families of victims, according to a statement issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee to Xinhua.

The landslide, which took place on Wednesday morning due to continuous and severe downpours, has led to 26 deaths in a village in Dujiangyan City as of Friday afternoon. Another 123 people are either missing or have lost contact with their families.

Nearly 1,000 rescuers have been sent to the site to search for survivors and evacuate trapped villagers.

A number of temporary shelters have been set up to receive the affected villagers and their families.

The State Council has sent an expert team to supervise the rescue work in the village, the statement said.


MIANYANG, Sichuan, July 12 -- While floods and landslides have killed 30 people and left over 160 people missing in southwest China's Sichuan Province, heavy rainfall over the past week has threatened the ruins of a major earthquake that razed the same region five years ago.

The ruins of the 2008 earthquake-devastated old town of Beichuan in a ravine between two mountains have been partially submerged, said Han Guijun, an official in charge of the preservation projects of the old town of Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County. Full story

DUJIANGYAN, Sichuan, July 12 -- Four more bodies were retrieved on Friday after a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said.

Rescuers continue to search the scene of the landslide, which happened on Wednesday morning in the village of Sanxi, Zhongxing Township, in Dujiangyan City. Full story

Source:Xinhua Net