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Landslide in Tibet traps 83 miners

March 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM   |   Comments

LHASA, Tibet, March 29 (UPI) -- A giant landslide in a high-altitude mining area of Tibet trapped 83 miners Friday, Chinese officials said. There was no official word on deaths or injuries.

The people caught in the slide are workers of a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp., the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The slide buried a workers' camp, along with motor vehicles, Xinhua said.

Officials said rugged terrain made rescue efforts difficult.

Xinhua said more than 1,000 rescue workers, with 200 vehicles, 15 dogs and 15 life-detection machines, were at the site, which is at an altitude of 4,600 meters (15,088 feet).

The affected area of the landslide is 3 kilometers long (1.86 miles) with about 2 million cubic meters (2,616,000 cubic yards) of mud, rocks and debris in Maizhoukunggar County, east of the regional capital of Lhasa, the regional government's publicity department said.

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