Yemen landslide toll rises

The death toll from a Yemeni landslide has risen to 56, but rescue workers say they still hear signs of life from houses buried under rocks and earth.

    Thirteen bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday

    Officials said they pulled 13 bodies out of the mound on top of Dhafeer, a village about 100km north of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday.

    Part of the adjacent mountain broke loose on Wednesday night and crashed on to the village.

    About 80 residents are believed to be missing due to the landslide, which caught villagers when they were asleep.

    The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media, said they were hearing moans from the village's ruins.

    However, while eight people were rescued on Friday, nobody had been recovered alive on Saturday.

    The landslide destroyed 23 houses and forced the evacuation of about 150 residents to neighbouring settlements as village leaders feared a second collapse.

    About 700 soldiers and workers have been deployed at the site.

    For centuries, Yemenis have built their houses on the sides of mountains, sometimes carving homes out of the rocks.

    SOURCE: Unspecified


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