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


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