2nd Landslide Hits Village in Southwestern China

Paramilitary rescuers use sensors to check for signs of life in the rubble at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, Monday, June 26, 2017. Rescue crews were ordered on Monday to evacuate the site of a deadly landslide in southwestern China over concerns of a second landslide, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. (Chinatopix via AP)

A second landslide struck a village in southwestern China where rescue workers have been looking for nearly 100 people buried over the weekend by a massive wave of rocks and debris.

Chinese state radio said the latest landslide struck the village of Xinmo in Sichuan province at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Government teams were ordered to evacuate the site on Monday after radar detected shifts in the mountain, signaling another imminent collapse.

While no further casualties were reported, the second landslide sets back rescue teams searching for 93 people missing since early Saturday, when rugged mountains flanking the village gave away and buried its residents.

Before rescue work stopped Monday, only three people had been rescued and 10 bodies had been recovered. More than 2,500 rescuers with dogs and detection devices were looking for signs of life amid the rubble.

Sitting on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, Xinmo has in recent years become a tourist destination, with homes in lush meadows set against steep mountains.

The area has been prone to geological activity. A massive earthquake in 2008 in nearby Wenchuan County 40 kilometers (25 miles) away killed nearly 90,000 people. Experts quoted by Chinese media say that earthquake may have weakened Xinmo’s mountains, which collapsed after rainfall.

SOURCE: The Associated Press