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China landslide toll rises to 43

China landslide toll rises to 43

Rescuers in southwest China’s Yunnan province discovered nine more dead, bringing the total number of fatalities from the landslide to 43, according to state-run media on Thursday.

At least 47 people were reportedly buried alive after a landslide slammed Liangshui village on the outskirts of Zhaotong city on Monday, according to Chinese police.

Chinese broadcaster CGTN said that 43 dead have been recovered thus far, according to local authorities.

It further stated that over the past four days, about 1,000 rescue personnel have been conducting search and rescue operations despite the region’s snowfall and cold temperatures.

According to the broadcaster, the provincial Commission for disaster reduction initiated a level-3 emergency reaction for disaster relief, which resulted in the evacuation and relocation of over 900 residents to safer places.

The area has already experienced severe landslides. Another village close to Zhaotong was devastated by a large landslide in 2013, resulting in at least 46 f