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14 students killed in landslide

Updated: 2012-10-05 08:11
By Cao Yin in Beijing and Guo Anfei in Kunming ( China Daily)

Fourteen primary school students were confirmed dead and one seriously injured in Yunnan province on Thursday after a landslide, which buried 19 people, crushed their school in an area that was hit by a series of earthquakes in early September.

The landslide, which involved around 160,000 cubic meters of earth, occurred at about 8 am in Zhenhe village, in Longhai township of Yiliang county, after rain continuously drenched the area for more than 20 days, according to a statement from the county's publicity department.

The landslide engulfed a primary school building, trapping 18 pupils, as well as three households nearby, and burying a farmer, the statement added.

14 students killed in landslide