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Snowmelt, crumbling rock blamed for landslide

Updated: 2013-04-06 08:01
By Wang Huazhong in Lhasa ( China Daily)

Investigators have concluded that melting snow seeping into disintegrating rock caused a massive landslide last week that killed 83 people in a mining area near Lhasa, the Tibet autonomous region.

According to a report released by the rescue headquarters on Friday, steepness of the slope, disintegrating rock and water from snowmelt combined to cause the landslide.

The report was compiled by a team of six experts led by Cen Jiafa, a researcher at a consulting center under the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Snowmelt, crumbling rock blamed for landslide