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10 bodies found, 93 missing in China landslide

Three people – a couple and their month-old infant – are the only ones rescued from the site Saturday.A government-run news outlet says the adults are in stable conditions, while the baby has been sent to an intensive care unit with pneumonia induced by mud inhalation.Heavy rain caused an estimated 18 million cubic metres of earth to fall 1,600 metres from a high point on the mountain and engulf half of Xinmo on the valley floor below.The landslide blocked a 2km stretch of river and buried 1.6 km of road along the Minjiang River, a major tributary of the upper stream of the Yangtze River.Mao county is home to about 110,000 people.Police captain Chen Tiebo told the broadcaster that “There are several tonnes of rock which fell on the site”, and that, “It’s a seismic area here”.Qiao Dashi, the surviving baby’s father, said he had woken up after 5 am to change his crying son’s diaper when he “heard a big noise coming from the back”. He said they struggled against the flood until they met medical workers who took them to a hospital. He said his parents and other relatives were still missing.Heavy rain triggered the landslide, authorities said, although further light showers expected today and Monday were not expected to affect search efforts, CCTV reported. An emergency response “to the first class catastrophic geological disaster” is under way, the statement said, adding that the full extent of the landslide was at yet unclear.In 2008, 87,000 people were killed when an quake struck Wenchuan county in Sichuan province.Scientist He Siming told the state-owned Beijing News that the 2008 quake could have done structural damage to the mountains surrounding Xinmo.In 2014, a landslide in the same county killed 11 when it struck a section of a highway.The provincial government said more than 120 people were buried by the landslide and cited a rescuer as saying 15 bodies had been found. The area is prone to earthquakes: A 7.5-magnitude natural disaster in 1933 destroyed many villages.”It’s the biggest landslide in this area since the Wenchuan quake”, said Wang Yongbo, one of the officials in charge of rescue efforts, referring to the disaster that killed 87,000 people in 2008 in a town in Sichuan.Rescuers had pulled out at least three people earlier Saturday, Xinhua reported. Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China on Saturday found more than a dozen of bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing.”Dog waiting for its owner refuses to leave rubble, capturing the hearts of a nation after #Sichuan #landslide”, CGTN said on its Twitter account.Wu’s wife, Zhang Xiaohong, said that they often sleep in other villages because of fear of landslides but can’t afford to move to the safer capital of Mao county, where Xinmo is located.