31 dead, seven missing after E. China landslide

TOKYO, May 9 (KUNA) — The death toll has risen to 31 with seven people still missing a landslide hit southeast China’s Fujian Province, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday, citing local authorities.
31 bodies had been retrieved at the scene and one person on the missing list had been found alive, the rescue headquarters said. The landslide, which occurred Sunday morning, has unleashed about 100,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks downhill, burying a temporary shed at a hydropower station construction site and damaging its offices, according to the office. Torrential rainfall hit much of eastern and southern China over the weekend.
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged maximum efforts to ensure a speedy rescue mission following the landslide. In an instruction following the accident, Xi urged the Fujian local government and related departments to organize rescue work as quickly as possible. (end) mk.mt

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