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All 18 children confirmed dead in China mudslide


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All 18 children confirmed dead in China mudslide

Chinese rescue teams have discovered the bodies of all 18 children buried when a mudslide consumed a primary school in Yunnan province.

The landslide, caused by torrential rain, buried the school and three farmhouses.

Last month two earthquakes hit the area killing 81 people.

The dead children had been attending school in order to catch up on lost time following the twin tremors.

Firefighter Liu Zhaowen is one of the rescue workers:

“Most of the pupils were buried close to where the diggers are. Three bodies were found near the school gate. They may have tried to escape through the gate, but couldn’t get out.”

The tragedy will raise questions as to why the children were back at school when the rest of China is celebrating a week-long national holiday.

The pupils killed were from another school who were bused in to study after their own school had been damaged in the earthquakes.

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