Rescuers recover 10 bodies after landslide buries mountain village in China


"The United Nations is ready to provide China with assistance following the recent landslide in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the UN press service said Saturday citing Guterres".

On Saturday, at least 15 people died as a result of the landslide caused by torrential rains in the village of Xinmo in Sichuan. She said locals asked rescuers to stop the search. A Maoxian county government official, Yang Baihui, said it was "because this is a Tibetan area, foreign media are not allowed to go in and interview people".

Ten more bodies were recovered by early afternoon on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 25.

Wang Yong, a member of China's State Council, or cabinet, dispatched to the disaster site, urged an all-out search-and-rescue effort and measures to prevent further disasters by monitoring geological activity, Xinhua reported.

More than 60 houses have been buried in Xinmo Village, according an earlier report by state-owned news agency Xinhua. In Maoxian county itself, 37 tourists were killed when their coach was buried in a landslide caused by the 2008 natural disaster.

Rescuers with search dogs walk along a road near the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

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The 3,000-strong rescue team, armed with "life-detection instruments and sniffer dogs", continued to search for survivors, though experts say the chances for survival are low.

There were 142 tourists in the village around the time the landslide hit, and all were alive, said Xu Zhiwen, executive deputy governor of Aba prefecture. Local police said a lack of vegetation in the area had made the landslide worse.

The landslide, believed to have been caused by heavy rains, has blocked almost a mile-long stretch of road and part of a nearby river.

Three persons from a family were rescued five hours after the landslide struck. Qiao Dashuai, 26-year-old husband of the family, recalled that he and his wife woke up to cries of their one-month-old son at about 5.30 am.

Heavy rain is believed to have triggered the landslide with the top section of the mountain loosening, the provincial government's Land and Resources Department said.

Al Jazeera's Florence Loi, reporting from a location close to the Xinmo village, said the area had been struck by a massive natural disaster in 2008, which killed almost 90,000 people.