40 missing after landslide in China

Landslide buries dormitories and homes in Shaanxi province, leaving around 40 missing

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

About 40 residents are still missing after a landslide buried dormitories and residential houses of a mining company in northwest China, state news agency reported on Wednesday.   

The landslide buried five dormitories and three houses of the Wuzhou mining company in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province at around 12:30 am on Wednesday.

Police, firefighters, and medical staff rushed to the scene and rescued 14 people despite the heavy rain and muddy ground. Residents of a nearby district have also been evacuated by the local officials. 

Rescue efforts are ongoing to locate the 40 people who have been trapped inside the wreckage after the disaster, authorities said.   

China, which is the world's largest coal producer, is undertaking efforts to improve the standards in the sector. Bosses of the mines routinely abuse their positions and power to increase profit on the cost of worker safety, this seems to play the biggest role, as to the cause, in most of these incidents.  

Last year, 931 workers lost their lives in Chinese coal mines, a top safety official announced in March.

Seperately, on Tuesday night, 10 people were killed and one left missing after a coal and gas burst in the southwestern province of Guizhou, according to a statement from provincial work and  safety authorities.

Although the country has made progress on the situation of the safety issues and there is a decrease in mining fatalities , some right groups continue to claim that the real number of the fatalities are hidden from the public.

TRTWorld and agencies