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Missing identified in SW China landslide

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Rescuers have identified the five people who went missing after a landslide in southwest China's Guizhou Province. The disaster struck on Monday morning in Longchang Township in the city of Kaili, burying six work sheds.

About 100 meters away from the landslide, there is a coal mine, called Ping Di. When the landslide happened, about 20 coal miners were doing preparation work inside for the restart of work after Chinese New Year. Hearing the loud sound, all of them rushed out safely.

Coal miner of Longchang, Guizhou Province, said, "I didn't know what happened. I followed the other coal miners and ran out. I just heard some noises."

But at least six sheds of the coal mine have been buried.

Pan Mei, survivor of Longchang, Guizhou Province, said, "I was watching TV at home. I was thinking about going to the market and heard a loud noise. It lasted for about five minutes. I ran out. There was a lot of dust. When I got out, I saw the landslide."

More than one hundred fire fighters have been sent to the scene for rescue work. Traffic control has been carried out day and night. At about eight o'clock in the evening, a huge amount of stones and sands rushed down from the mountain again. This has caused a lot of difficulties in the rescue work.

The landslide is still going on. All the rescue workers and cars have to transfer to safe places.

About 80 residents living around the area have also been evacuated. Although the local government has prepared well for rescue work, experts say it is not a good time for the frequent occurrence of landslides.

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