BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang on Friday ordered "all-out efforts" to rescue victims of a landslide in southwest China's Yunnan Province in order to minimize casualties from the disaster.
The landslide hit Gaopo Village in Zhenxiong County at around 8:20 a.m. on Friday, burying the homes of 16 families. Thirty-nine people have since been confirmed killed.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said efforts must be made to resettle affected residents and prevent secondary disasters.
He also asked agencies involved in disaster relief to give proper psychological treatment to affected residents, maintain public order, and successfully complete relief and reconstruction work so as to ensure stability.
The State Council, or China's cabinet, has sent a work group comprised of leaders from various government departments including the land and resources, civil affairs, finance, transport and health ministries to the landslide-hit zone to direct relief work.
The work group, headed by minister of land and resources Xu Shaoshi, will focus on solving practical problems on site.
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SW China landslide death toll hits 36
KUNMING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll after a landslide hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Friday has risen to 36 as more bodies have been retrieved.
Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang have ordered all-out efforts to rescue victims of the landslide in order to minimize casualties from the disaster. Full story
26 dead in SW China landslide
KUNMING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-six people have been confirmed dead, two others injured and dozens more remain missing after a landslide hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Friday, local authorities said.
As of 4 p.m., 26 bodies had been pulled from the mud-inundated debris in Gaopo Village, Zhenxiong County, located some 550 km northeast of Yunnan's capital city of Kunming, according to the county's publicity department. Full story