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41 missing as landslide hit hydropower station in SE China

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-05-09 07:43 Comments

41 missing as landslide hit hydropower station in SE China

Rescuers search for signs of life at the landslide site in Taining County, East China's Fujian Province, May 8, 2016. Fourty-one people were still missing by now due to the landslide that occured at around 5 am here on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]

A total of 41 people were missing as of 9: 30 p.m. after a heavy rain-triggered landslide hit a hydropower station in southeast China's Fujian Province on Sunday morning, said the head of the station's construction contractor.

The landslide, which occurred at about 5 a.m. in mountainous county of Taining, has unleashed about 100,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks downhill, burying a temporary shed at a hydropower station construction site and damaging its offices.

Lyu Mengjing, Party secretary of Sinohydro Bureau 16 Co., Ltd, which is responsible for the construction along with Sinohydro Bureau 12 Co. Ltd, said at a press conference on Sunday night that rescuers will continue searching for the 41 workers from the two companies.

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