Tue, September 09, 2008
China > Mainland

North China mud-rock flow death toll rises to 34

2008-09-09 01:07:23 GMT2008-09-09 09:07:23 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

A car destroyed by the mud-rock flow is seen in Xiangfen County of North China's Shanxi Province, September 8, 2008. At least 26 people were killed on Monday in a rain-triggered mud-rock flow that caused the collapse of a warehouse holding waste ore dregs in Shanxi Province. [Xinhua]

Vehicles destroyed by the mud-rock flow are seen in Xiangfen County of North China's Shanxi Province, September 8, 2008. At least 26 people were killed on Monday in a rain-triggered mud-rock flow that caused the collapse of a warehouse holding waste ore dregs in Shanxi Province. [Xinhua]

Tashan Mine, where the mine mudslide happened, is seen in this picture taken on September 8, 2008. [Xinhua]

Rescuers search through houses buried in the mud after the accident in Xiangfen County of North China's Shanxi Province, September 8, 2008. [Xinhua]

The area destroyed by the mud-rock flow is seen in this picture taken on September 8, 2008. [Xinhua]

TAIYUAN, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Eight more deaths were reported Tuesday morning in north China's Shanxi Province, bringing the death toll from the rain-triggered mud-rock flow that caused the collapse of a warehouse to 34, the local rescue headquarters said on Tuesday.

Another 35 people were injured in the accident as of 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Five experts and more than 150 local medical personnel are treating the injured.

The accident occurred around 8 a.m. on Monday in a warehouse holding waste ore dregs of the Tashan Mine in Xiangfen County, Linfen City, which was soaked by torrential rain.

A rescue team of more than 1,100 police, fire fighters and local people were searching through the rubble, said Ding Wenlu, the rescue headquarters chief.

But rough terrain, poor telecommunications and continuous rainfall hampered the rescue effort.

The mud-rock flow also destroyed a three-story office building, a market and some villagers' houses in the valley.

Witness said the flow roared down the valley and washed away the market and the houses in a few minutes.

Local police said the mine owner and eight others related to the accident had been detained.

There are several other ore mines Xiangfen. The staff there are mostly migrant workers from Shanxi, Chongqing and the central Hubei Province, which makes it difficult to identify the victims in this accident, rescuers said.

The specific number of the people trapped underneath the rubbles still under investigation.

Add Your Comments:

Your Name:
Your Country:
Comment:
(English Only)
 
Please read our Terms of Service. Messages that harass, abuse or threaten others; have obscene or otherwise objectionable content; have spam, commercial or advertising content or links may be removed.

SPECIAL COVERAGE

MOST VIEWED

LATEST VIDEO

PICTURE GALLERY