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First lives saved in Chinese landslide rescue effort

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By Robert Hackwill
First lives saved in Chinese landslide rescue effort

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.