Dozens get missing in China Landslide

Dozens of people have gone missing in China, after a landslide buried the living quarters of a mining company under one million cubic metres of earth.

According to local authorities the deluge shortly after midnight swallowed 15 employee dormitories and three residential houses in Shangluo, in the northern province of Shaanxi with about 40 people were missing, adding that police, firefighters, mining rescuers and medical staff had been sent to the site and residents in the area evacuated.

In a related development, a coal and gas burst in a mine in the southwestern province of Guizhou killing 10 people with one more missing.

China – the world’s largest producer of coal – is grappling to improve standards in the sector, where regulations are often flouted and corruption enables bosses to pursue profits at the cost of worker safety.

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