Over 141 feared buried in China landslide

News Desk

At least 141 people and 46 homes buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province.

However a couple and a baby of one family were rescued and taken to hospital after more than 40 homes in the village of Xinmo were swallowed by huge boulders when the side of a mountain collapsed, according to report.

The landslide blocked a two kilometre stretch of river and 1.6 kilometre of road.

The landslide occurred at around 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The provincial government has launched the disaster relief response and sent rescue teams to the site, where more than 300 workers with excavators and life-detection instruments are engaged in the search for survivors.

Some 130 traffic police have been stationed along roads and highways linking the provincial capital of Chengdu with the landslide site, more than 400 km away, a life line for rescue and disaster relief.

The provincial government has approved 730,000 U.S. dollars of relief funds, and sent emergency supplies to the site.