26 remain missing in the landslide at Shaanxi, China

Published: 06:59 GMT, Aug 12, 2015 |

26 people remain missing after a landslide in China’s northwest Shaanxi province. About 1 million cubic metres of mud buried dormitories and homes owned by the Shaanxi Wuzhou Mining Company in Shanyan, today (Wednesday).

14 people had been rescued; the operations had been greatly hampered by heavy rain.

China has seen severe weather during the current monsoon season. The powerful Typhoon Soudelor hit southern China over the weekend bringing strong winds and rain.

Shanyang officials said the authorities were alerted to the landslide at 01:47 local time. Fifteen dormitories and three residential buildings were buried, trapping at least 40 people initially.

The local government said on its website that people in the area surrounding the landslide had been evacuated, and that large machinery and rescue personnel had been brought in.

Dozens of soldiers, some with sniffer dogs, were at the scene looking for signs of life.