Fourteen people were rescued and at least 66 remain missing after a mountain landslide buried 15 worker dormitories and three houses in 1.3 million cubic meters of dirt and rock on Wednesday.
The landslide occurred at the Wuzhou Mining Co. in the mountainous county of Shenyang at around 12:30 a.m., according to Xinhua.
Ten workers managed to escape by themselves after being woken by people’s shouting. One of them, Zhou Kunlin, said that he and several colleagues managed to flee the dorm and run up the mountain.
“Those who ran down the mountain were buried by the landslide,” he said. “Many just had no time, as the landslide buried the area in mere minutes.”
Many of the workers were sleeping at the time, and only those working the night shift heard the rocks falling. Survivors suffered minor injuries from falling debris and have been housed in a local hotel.
A 700-strong rescue team including police, firefighters and medical staff were sent to the scene to search for victims trapped beneath the piles of dirt, but their efforts were hampered by persistent rain, SCMP reports.
So far, no deaths have been confirmed.
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