June 30th, 2010
01:24 PM ET

8 dead, 94 missing after China landslide

Chinese rescuers help villagers evacuate from the landslide area in Guanling, southwest China's Guizhou province.

Rescuers recovered the bodies Wednesday of eight people buried by a devastating rain-triggered landslide in China's southern Guizhou province as hopes of finding survivors rapidly dimmed, the state-run news agency said.

Two of the eight were children.

About 500 rescuers cleared a road leading to a site where 94 people were still missing. They used heavy backhoes to clear debris but heavy rain and treacherous terrain hampered their efforts, Xinhua news agency reported.

Villager Cen Chaoyang was tending to his pigs when he heard rocks and mud barreling down the hill, he told state-run CCTV.

"The only thing I know is that landslides swallowed the village, he said. "My wife was buried under the debris."

Another villager, Zhuo Guangchao, said the landslide was like "an explosion."

"I heard something roaring behind me, and I rushed out. Rocks and mud were rumbling down the hill, and pouring into our village," he said.

Rescuers had to run three miles to reach the site, which is not accessible by vehicles.

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  1. Greenisimo Nature Blog @Greenisimo

    As tragic as this is, we really need to start talking about the aftermath of a disaster like this from an infectious disease perspective. There are never before seen fungi and viruses under ground that can cause plagues like the Bubonic. Ebola is the perfect example. It came out of a deep cave... more: http://greenisimo.com

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  2. Steve Brian

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com Tipically in Northeast of Brazil is not very common flooding, however the climate is getting out of control and Alagoas and Pernambuco state, both are located in Northeast region is raining a lot and destroying homes and human lives....

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