In the race against time in southwest China to save the lives of some 120 people, rescuers are starting to win victories.
A landslide swept into the village of Xinmo in Sichuan, burying some 60 homes and a hotel, but an entire family of three has been
pulled out of the debris. Rescuers are now trying to reach the other buried people. Many were also injured.
“We heard a strange noise at the back of our house, and it was a bit loud. Wind was blowing into
the room so I wanted to close the door. When we came out, water flow washed us away instantly,” said survivor Qiao Dashuai.
The slide took out 1.6 kilometres of road and a two kilometre stretch of river with a mixture of rocks, mud and water as
a high mountain face failed and crashed into the valley floor. Many power lines are also cut.
Traffic police have deployed 130 units as a human chain to Chengdu, 400 kilometres away, to assist in the relief effort.