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Landslide kills 7 in Guizhou concrete factory, China

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Seven fatalities were confirmed Monday, March 30, 2020, following a landslide in a concrete factory in southwest China's Guizhou Province on March 27.

The landslide occurred at the Guizhou Commercial Concrete Co. in the provincial capital city of Guiyang on Friday night.

A total of 12 people were trapped– nine of which were found by rescuers Sunday after removing 20 000 cubic m (706 293 cubic feet) of silt.

More than 400 people were involved in the search, including personnel from the local fire fighting department, public security, and emergency response departments.

Rescue and retrieval operations continued until the last missing person was found at around 07:12 UTC (15:12 LT) on Monday. Authorities confirmed that seven of the 12 lost their lives, while the remaining five sustained injuries and were sent to hospitals.

Investigation about the incident is in progress.

In the province of Hunan, also in the southern region of China, a rain-induced landslide caused a train to derail, killing one and injuring 127. Parts of southern, eastern, and central China have been experiencing persistent rains since last week.

Featured image credit: CCTV Asia Pacific

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