Rescuers seek survivors of southwest China landslide that killed at least 14

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Chinese state media report that at least six people have died and 21 remain missing after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China. (Aug. 28)

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In this Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 photo, residents remove bodies in the aftermath of a landslide at Yingping village in Fuquan city in southwest China's Guizhou province. Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least a dozen people. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT


In this Thursday Aug. 28, 2014, rescue workers recover a body in the aftermath of a landslide at Yingping village in Fuquan city in southwest China's Guizhou province. Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least a dozen people. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT


Rescue workers lift a wall that collapsed after a landslide hit Yingping village in Fuquan city in southwest China's Guizhou province Thursday Aug. 28, 2014. Six people died and 21 remained missing Thursday after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, according to Chinese state media. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT


Rescue workers search for victims in the aftermath of a landslide that hit Yingping village in Fuquan city in southwest China's Guizhou province Thursday Aug. 28, 2014. Six people died and 21 remained missing Thursday after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, according to Chinese state media. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT


BEIJING — Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least 14 people.

More than 600 members of specialized search and rescue teams were working in a pair of destroyed villages in Guizhou provinces, state media reported. They came equipped with electronic devices to detect signs of life, as well as backhoes and other specialized equipment, the reports said.

Another 11 people were still missing and 22 left injured from the collapse of a mountainside on Wednesday night following three days of heavy rain.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 77 houses collapsed or were buried in the landslide. The breaching of a small reservoir during the landslide also caused flooding that covered houses up to their roofs.

State-run China National Radio cited villagers saying they had complained for years to authorities about weakening of the mountainside caused by past mining operations.

Unrestricted mining and quarrying is frequently blamed for causing landslides in China's remote, mountainous southwestern provinces.

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