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29 still missing after killer landslide

AT least 29 people have been confirmed as missing after a massive landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province killed two and injured 18, local authorities said last night.

Most victims were migrant workers making transfers after arriving at Wusihe Station on the K117 Beijing-Panzhihua train, the Hanyuan County government said.

Five people stranded upstream of the landslide have been rescued.

A huge search and rescue operation continues.

The disaster occurred about 11:30pm on Thursday in Shunhe Township in Hanyuan County. It damaged 10 vehicles, inundated eight homes and disrupted traffic on Provincial Highway 306.

The landslide debris formed a 250-meter-long blockage on the Dadu River. By 3:30am yesterday, the water had overrun the obstruction.

The runoff at the Pubugou power station dam downstream of the landslide was 1,800 cubic meters per second yesterday afternoon, down from the normal 2,000-2,100 cubic meters per second.

The provincial government ordered the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the river's lower reaches.


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