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74 confirmed missing, 8 injured in SW China landslide

2009-06-06 08:26:34 GMT2009-06-06 16:26:34 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site where a landslide occured earlier in the Jiwei Mountain area, in Tiekuang Township, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, June 6, 2009. Rescuers said the 79 residents and passers-by buried in debris almost have no chance to survive, but they hope to rescue the 27 miners trapped under the mine. The accident happened at about 3 p.m. Friday at an iron ore mining area of Jiwei Mountain in Tiekuang Township.(Xinhua/Liu Chan)

CHONGQING, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Authorities confirmed Saturday afternoon 74 people were missing and eight others were injured in the landslide in southwest China's Chongqing.

Among the missing were 21 local residents, 47 workers of the iron ore mine where the landslide occurred, two telecom company workers and four passers-by, said Ai Yang, a government spokesman, at a press conference.

The accident happened at about 3 p.m. Friday at an iron ore mining area of Jiwei Mountain in Tiekuang Township, Wulong County, about 170 kilometers southeast of Chongqing's downtown.

Ai said 27 of the miners were working underground when the landslide occurred.

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