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30-40 buried in China landslide after rain: Xinhua

Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local off
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local officials. -- PHOTO: AFP
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local off
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local officials. -- PHOTO: AFP
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local off
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local officials. -- PHOTO: AFP
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local off
Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local officials. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Between 30 and 40 people were buried by a landslide in China on Wednesday, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local officials.

The landslide in Zhongxing, in the south-western province of Sichuan, was triggered by heavy rain, it quoted fire brigade sources as saying. Rescuers were at the scene, it added.

Much of China has been hit by heavy rainfall in recent days.

Mountainous regions in the country’s south-west are prone to landslides and earthquakes.

A landslide east of the Tibetan capital Lhasa buried 83 mine workers in April when it crushed their camp.

In January 46 people – many of them children – were killed in a landslide in Yunnan province, where more than 1,000 rescuers worked in freezing temperatures overnight in search of survivors.

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