34 workers missing after China landslide

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BEIJING: Rescuers were struggling to find 34 construction workers buried by a landslide in eastern China on Sunday, state media said.

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Seven people were injured when a torrent of mud struck a temporary shelter used by workers building a power plant in Fujian province, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The earth was dislodged by heavy rain early in the morning in Taining County, where rescuers were struggling to find the workers, it added.

No deaths were confirmed by the afternoon, but Xinhua said more than 400 rescuers were scouring the site and more were on their way with specialist equipment.

Xinhua changed its toll without giving any explanation, after earlier reporting 35 people were missing.

China’s President Xi Jinping has urged “maximum efforts” to rescue the workers, the report added.

Deadly landslides are common in China.

A landslide in the southern commercial hub of Shenzhen in December, caused by the improper storage of waste, killed at least 58 people, with some 25 still unaccounted for. AFP 

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