Fourteen people are killed and five are missing following a landslide in southwest China
- The landslide took place “at the top of a mountain” in a forest station in Jinkouhe
Fourteen people have been killed and five are missing following a landslide in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.
The landslide “took place on top of a mountain” at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday at a public forest station in Jinkouhe, near Leshan city, the local government said in an online statement. .
“As of 3:30 p.m., the remains of 14 victims were recovered, while five people remain missing,” the statement said.
Authorities sent more than 180 people and more than a dozen rescue and recovery equipment to the site, the statement said.
“Currently, search and rescue work is urgently underway,” he said.
A look at the Leshan Giant Buddha surrounded by forests in 2020, which is about to bear the landslide in Jinkouhe, China
The site is in a mountainous region about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the provincial capital of Chengdu.
Remote and densely forested, the region is prone to natural disasters, including landslides and earthquakes.