Eighteen people have been confirmed dead, two others injured and dozens more remain buried after a landslide hit a mountainous region in southwest China’s Yunnan Province around 8:20 this morning. As of 2 p.m., rescuers had pulled 18 bodies from the mud-inundated debris in Gaopo Village, Zhenxiong County, some 550 km northeast of Yunnan’s capital city of Kunming. About 40 people are believed to have been buried in the landslide. 2 injured people have been sent to a nearby hospital.
The Red Cross Society of China Yunnan Branch has initiated Level IV emergency response and sent 200 quilts and 200 cotton clothes to the village. 2 work teams from county and prefecture branches have arrived in Zhenxiong County. The provincial work team is on the way to that area. Further response might be taken according to impact assessment.