Landslide in south-west China kills 2, 25 people missing

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide that occurred in Nayong county, Guizhou province, China, on Aug 28, 2017.
Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide that occurred in Nayong county, Guizhou province, China, on Aug 28, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A landslide struck some 34 homes in south-west China on Monday (Aug 28) , killing two people and leaving another 25 missing in the latest natural disaster to hit the country, state media reported.

Rescuers pulled six people out of the rubble, including two who died, in Bijie, Guizhou province, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing city authorities.

Search efforts are ongoing, it said.

Video of the landslide posted to the Twitter account of the official People's Daily showed the side of a hill collapsing, with dirt rushing across the outskirts of the town as onlookers shouted in fright.

Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly after heavy rain.

In June and August, massive landslides in southwestern Sichuan province killed more than 30 and left scores missing.

In July, 63 people were killed by landslides and floods in the central province of Hunan. Some 1.6 million people were forced from their homes.