VIDEO: 35 Killed in Landslide in Remote Village in Northwest China’s Xinjiang

Fri Jul 8, 2016 12:13:29

A landslide that has killed 35 people cut off roads, electricity and telecommunications in a remote village County in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

As the village, deep in the Kunlun Mountains, has lost contact with the outside, rescuers had to ride donkeys or walk to the site, according to the region's publicity office.

The rain-triggered landslide struck the village in Kokyar Township in Yecheng County of Kashgar Prefecture in small hours of Wednesday, burying houses and the occupants.

The mud flow hit nearly 1,500 cubic meters per second. By Thursday night, the death toll was confirmed at 35. The rescue operation is still underway.

The village is about 170 km from the county seat. Kashgar is 1,500 km southwest of the regional capital of Urumqi.

Rescue efforts were under way in north-western China after a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed 35 people, state media reported late on Thursday.

The official Xinhua news agency said the landslide engulfed a village in the region of Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture on Wednesday morning.

Xinhua did not explain why reports of the landslide came out only on Thursday night.

Heavy rains caused serious damage to parts of the area's highways, the report said.

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