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China mudslides kill at least 16 people: Xinhua

Published on Aug 1, 2012 11:24 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - Mudslides that buried an iron ore mine in north-western China have killed at least 16 people, with another 12 still missing a day after the disaster, state media reported on Wednesday.

Most of the victims of the accident in the remote region of Xinjiang were mine workers but the bodies of six residents, including three women and a child, were also pulled out from under the wreckage.

The official Xinhua news agency said there was only a slim chance of finding any survivors, quoting a local emergency official.

Tuesday's accident occurred at a time when several parts of the country have faced major rainstorms, including the heaviest downpour in Beijing in 60 years that left 77 people dead on July 21.

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