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China: workers missing after landslide hits power station construction site

Rescuers in China are searching for 34 people missing after a landslide hit the construction site for a new hydroelectric power station, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Reports say that by Sunday afternoon eight people had been pulled out alive and taken to a local hospital, after heavy rain caused the huge movement of an estimated 100,000 cubic metres of mud and rocks in the southeastern Fujian province.

President Xi Jinping has called on county officials to step up rescue efforts.

All scenic spots in the area have been closed over safety concerns.

In December, a landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen buried 77 people. The government blamed breaches of construction safety rules and several officials were arrested.

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