Landslide in China
Saturday, 24 June 2017
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24 June 2017
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National Disaster Reduction Center of China
Description of the event
Heavy rain triggered a landslide on 24 June which buried Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan, China.
The landslide slid half a mile covering parts of the village and blocking a 2km stretch of river. 10 people died and it was initially feared that many more could have fallen victim to the disaster. 40 buildings were destroyed and local police closed roads to aid the rescue effort which involved over 3000 people, many of which were volunteers.
Landslides are a regular occurrence in Sichuan province - which is also prone to earthquakes - though officials say the scale of this disaster is unprecedented.