July 13th, 2012
03:02 AM ET

4 people missing after Canadian landslide

Authorities will meet early Friday to decide how to proceed with the search of a landslide in a mountainous remote area of British Columbia, looking for anyone who might be trapped in the debris, emergency officials said.

Four people are unaccounted for after three homes were destroyed and several others were damaged, said Bill Macpherson of the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Center.

The landslide happened in Johnsons Landing in the Kootenays, just before midday Thursday. Two search and rescue teams and multiple Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were on the scene, along with geotechnical workers and a landslide expert, Macpherson said.

A state of local emergency has been declared, according to Macpherson. "It's a very small community, quite isolated," he said.

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