China says 41 missing after landslide at construction site in Fujian province

Rescuers search for survivors in the wreckage of a shelter after it was hit by a landslide in Taining County, in China's eastern Fujian province on Sunday (May 8).
Rescuers search for survivors in the wreckage of a shelter after it was hit by a landslide in Taining County, in China's eastern Fujian province on Sunday (May 8). PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - The number of people missing in a landslide in China's southeastern Fujian province has risen to 41, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, citing local officials.

Xinhua said earlier that 34 people were missing after the landslide triggered by heavy rain hit a hydroelectric power station that was under construction on Sunday.

Seven people were injured, the agency said, and President Xi Jinping had demanded that county officials step up rescue efforts.

In December, a landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen buried 77 people.

The government has blamed breaches of construction safety rules for that disaster and a number of officials have been arrested.