19 dead after landslide tears through workers’ dormitory in southwest China

This aerial photo released by the Xinhua News Agency shows the site of a mountain collapse in Leshan in southwestern China's Sichuan Province on Sunday, June 4, 2023. A landslide tore through a mining company's worker dormitory early Sunday morning in southwestern China, killing more than a dozen people, authorities said. (Xinhua via AP)

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19 dead after landslide tears through workers' dormitory in southwest China

June 5, 2023

A landslide tore through the workers’ dormitory of a mining company Sunday in southwest China, killing 19 people, authorities said.

The early-morning disaster struck in a mountainous rural district of Sichuan provinces Leshan county, where rains have been falling constantly for weeks.

More than 180 people were mobilized to help find those buried under the debris in an operation that wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

Those killed were all apparently workers with the Jinkaiyuan mining company, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

With its humid, rainy climate, southwestern China is prone to landslides, especially in areas where there has been large-scale shifting of land from farming, deforestation, engineering projects and mining operations.