Officials say 15 confirmed dead in landslide

BEIJING, China-Chinese rescuers scoured through rocks on Saturday in a frantic search for more than 140 people feared buried after a landslide smashed through a mountain village in southwest Sichuan province.Only five bodies have been found so far, according to the Associated Press, citing China Central Television.Zhang Liancheng, who lives across the river from Xinmo village, told West China City Daily that eight of his relatives had been buried in the landslide. Officials said 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) of road were buried in the disaster. A landslide swept into the village of Xinmo in Sichuan, burying some 60 homes and a hotel, but an entire family of three has been pulled out of the debris.The landslide was compared to the Wenchuan natural disaster, the deadliest quake to hit China this century.A researcher from the Chengdu Chinese Academy of Social Science, a state-backed think tank, told China Radio International that heavy rainfall probably caused the slide.More than 120 people were believed to have been buried, it said.Xu Zhiwen, executive deputy governor of the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, said all 142 tourists who were visiting a site in the mountain village of Xinmo had been found alive.More than 120 people were still missing hours after the landslide, CCTV and the official Xinhua news agency reported.As night fell, authorities shined lamps onto the rubble while rescuers wore lights on their helmets as they sifted through the rocks, aided by sniffer dogs, according to photos from the official Xinhua news agency.A massive landslide in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan has killed at least 5 people and destroyed 40 homes.One of the deadliest landslides took place in 1991, when 216 were killed in southwestern Yunnan Province.The landslide struck the village at around 6 a.m. local time (2200 GMT).Two other landslides had been experienced after the first one, making rescue efforts more hard.Roads in the county were closed to all traffic except emergency services.One person was shot at a QT gas station in Greenville County Saturday morning, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.