Rescuers and an excavator work at the mud-inundated debris after a landslide hit Gaopo Village in Zhenxiong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Jan. 11, 2013.(Xinhua/Chen Haining)
ZHENXIONG, Yunnan, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a landslide that hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province Friday rose to 46 as bodies of the last two missing were found Saturday morning, rescuers said.
The landslide hit the Zhaojiagou area of Gaopo Village, Zhenxiong County around 8:20 a.m. Friday. Zhenxiong is some 550 km northeast of the provincial capital, Kunming.
Forty-six residents -- 27 adults and 19 children -- were buried in the landslide, according to the local civil affairs bureau.
A State Council work group, comprising of officials from several ministries, arrived at the scene at 4 a.m. Saturday to coordinate rescue and disaster relief efforts.
The rescue and disaster relief operation involved more than 1,000 rescue workers with the help of excavators, shovels and life detectors.
KUNMING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a landslide that hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Friday has risen to 43 after more bodies were retrieved. Three are missing. Full story
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. Full story