facebook
twitter
search
search

Landslide in China kills 42

Jan. 11, 2013 at 4:08 PM

KUNMING, China, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The death toll from a landslide, prompted by rain and snow in China's mountainous Yunnan province, has risen to 42, officials said.

The landslide occurred Friday morning, burying the community of Gaopo Village, the local civil affairs bureau said.

Li Lianju of the Yunnan Land and Resources Department said a high and steep slope gave way, sending tons of rain- and snow-soaked mud onto the village. He said the incident was unprecedented in the area, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

More than 1,000 rescuers with excavators and other equipment were ordered to the area to search for victims, Xinhua said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Two killed by police gunfire in 2 separate Central Texas shootings