CHINA Death toll rises to 42 in southwest China landslide

CHINA

Death toll rises to 42 in southwest China landslide

Xinhua

21:46, July 29, 2019

GUIYANG, July 29 (Xinhua) - The death toll from a landslide in southwest China's Guizhou Province has risen to 42 while nine remained missing, local authorities said Monday.

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The landslide lashed a village in Shuicheng County in the city of Liupanshui at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, burying 21 houses. Rescue workers earlier raced against time to recover survivors while preventing secondary disasters.

Eleven people injured in the disaster had been taken to hospitals for treatment, according to the local emergency rescue command.

Based on life detection and the site's risk evaluation, the rescue operation ended midnight Sunday.

On Monday afternoon, more than 700 rescue officials and workers, victims' families and local residents held a memorial service for the dead at the landslide site.

Monday marked the seventh day from the time of the disaster, a key traditional date for people to pay respect to the deceased in China.

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