A total of 13 vessels, mostly fishing boats, were overturned when a huge landslide hit near a river in Wushan county, Chongqing yesterday evening. One person was reported missing and five more injured. Emergency evacuation has been completed in the affected area and a rescue effort is underway.
The landslide struck at around 6:40 p.m. on the northern bank of the Daning River, a tributary of the Yangtze River. The movement triggered five- to six-meter tall waves to form in the water, sinking 13 unmanned vessels.
Among the vessels was a 14-meter patrol boat, seven small fishing boats and five private vessels. All people onboard the ships had gone ashore before the landslide occurred, according to China News.
One person who was on the bank at the time is still unaccounted for.
In total, 196 people, including 56 households, were affected by the emergency evacuation.
Warnings have been issued and navigation near the landslide has been suspended to prevent further accidents.
It’s reported that the Three Gorges Hydropower Plant remains unaffected.
Look at the size of that land slide. Environmental fall out from 3 Gorges Dam? https://t.co/ZQl0kbO88X
— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) June 25, 2015