Dozens die in China mudslide

Hopes fade for survivors with up to 100 still missing at mine in northern China.

    Local officials said at least 100 more people could be buried in the mudslide [AFP]

    The accident sent an avalanche of mud and stone crashing down on to nearby homes and streets.

    Local officials say the death toll is likely to rise significantly with thick mud blanketing an area hundreds of metres wide.

    Rescuers are using excavators, shovels and their bare hands to search through the debris, but say it could be many days before the mud is cleared.

    Officials have said the mine was operating illegally and the mine owner along with eight other senior managers have been detained by police.

    "It's not because of the rain. It wasn't a natural disaster, it was man-made," said a migrant worker surnamed Zhang, who said his friend was probably killed.

    China's mining industry is the world's most dangerous, killing nearly 3,800 people last year, as high demand for raw materials from the country's booming economy pushes managers to cut corners and ignore safety requirements.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Strong quotes for Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr that resonate today

    Quotes of justice, education, religion and race said by MLK Jr.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.