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Landslide toll 20 as search called off

The death toll from a landslide in southwest China's Yunnan Province rose to 20 yesterday after the last five bodies were recovered, local government sources said.

Two people earlier believed missing had not been at the scene when the landslide took place at 12:40pm on Sunday at Xiaoba Village, Weixin County of Zhaotong, after almost four days of torrential rain.

The landslide destroyed two buildings of the Huajiaba Coal Mine at the site. Two injured people are in hospital.

Tang Guoqian, head of the county publicity department, said the four-day search ended late yesterday afternoon.

The victims were coal mine managers and miners from Zhaotong, which administers Weixin, and from Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality.

There was another landslide late yesterday in Linfeng Township, Weixin County, killing four people.


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