The death toll from a mudslide that buried an iron ore mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomuous Regioon has climbed to 21, as more bodies were retrieved, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday, citing local authorities
Seven people remain missing in the mine affter the fatal mudslide that occurred on Tuesday in Xinyuan county.
More than 500 rescuers are working to carry out search and rescue operations. The mudslide contained about 1 million cubic meters of debris, and was 2,000 meters long, 50 meters wide and six meters deep, the report said.
A survey conducted by the local land resource authorities found that the disaster was a result of downpours that hit Xinyuan on Sunday.
The local meteorological department said heavy rains will continue to pound the region until Saturday.