Landslide in northern China kills 9

People gathering near the site of a landslide that has claimed at least nine lives, in Caijiazhuang village, Shanxi province, on April 30, 2018.
People gathering near the site of a landslide that has claimed at least nine lives, in Caijiazhuang village, Shanxi province, on April 30, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Damaged caused by the landslide in Caijiazhuang village.
Damaged caused by the landslide in Caijiazhuang village.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A general view of the aftermath of the landslide in Caijiazhuang village.
A general view of the aftermath of the landslide in Caijiazhuang village.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING (AFP) - A landslide killed nine people in a village in northern China on Monday (April 30), the authorities said.

The disaster occurred in the village of Caijiazhuang shortly before 5am (2100 GMT Sunday), Luliang municipal government in Shanxi province said on its official social media account.

More than a hundred firefighters, medical workers and rescuers - some using earth-moving machinery - were sent to the site to search for survivors trapped under fallen earth.

The cause of the landslide has not been confirmed. A 2008 landslide in Luliang city killed 19 people.