9 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

Rescuers work at the accident site after a landslide occurred in Xinmo Village of Maoxian County, Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, southwest China's Sichuan Province, June 24, 2017. The state-run Xinhua news agency says more than 120 people are believed to be under the rubble.

Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after the landslide buried the picturesque mountain village of Xinmo in Sichuan province.

A huge landslide crashed down on the village of Xinmo, in mountainous Sichuan province, as dawn broke on Saturday.

Three people - a couple and their month-old infant - are the only ones rescued from the site on Saturday.

"Initial accounts from villagers nearby said there had been rain in the area, but some said it was not very heavy and there was no sign of an impending landslide", NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai. The town is about 150 km from the epicenter of an 8.0-magnitude natural disaster in 2008, which left over 80,000 people dead or missing.

The landslide carried an estimated 18 million cubic meters (636 million cubic feet) of earth and rock - equivalent to more than 7,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools - when it slid down from steep mountains.

The landslide blocked a two-kilometre (one-mile) stretch of river and 1.6 kilometre of road. "He is staying at home guarding his owner!" another person wrote.

Wu's wife, Zhang Xiaohong, said they often sleep in other villages because of fear of landslides but could not afford to move to a safer part of Mao county, where Xinmo is located.

Women watch as earthmoving equipment digs at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Sunday, June 25, 2017. In Maoxian county itself, 37 tourists were killed when their coach was buried in a landslide caused by the 2008 natural disaster. Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that.

"The house shook", he told state broadcaster CCTV from his hospital bed.

The rescue involved more than 3,000 people despite the danger of more landslides, Xinhua reported.

  • Zachary Reyes