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Cracks at landslide site

TEN small landslips have hit a landslide site in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality since Friday, officials said, as rescuers continued their search yesterday for 64 people missing since the June 5 natural disaster.

Rescue headquarters said 3,000 rescuers aided by heavy machinery were drilling holes and clearing rubble in a search for those still missing.

A geologist at the scene said that cracks of 8 to 10 meters in length and up to 30 meters deep had appeared on the landslide-hit hills.

He said under the threat of secondary disasters, the search for the missing may have to be suspended.

Rescuers have found 10 bodies in their 10-day search.

They refuse to estimate the survival chances of the missing.

Rescuers have said there were greater survival chances for 27 miners believed to be trapped in an iron ore mine in the mountain.

The main entrance to the mine, buried deep under rubble, has not yet been found.


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