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4 dead, 33 missing in east China landslide

Updated: Nov 14,2015 10:59 AM     Xinhua

HANGZHOU — Four people were confirmed dead and 33 others remained missing after a landslide hit a village in East China’s Zhejiang province on the evening of Nov 13, local authorities said early on Nov 14.

The landslide was reported at around 10:50 pm in Lidong village of Yaxi township in the outlying Liandu district of Lishui city, the city government said in a press release.

It said torrents of mud and rocks buried nearly 20 homes in the village.

Rescue work began immediately after the landslide.

Only five people were found as of Nov 14’s morning, four of whom had died. The only survivor was in hospital, the document said.

Search and rescue continued on Nov 14.

Lishui reported heavy rain over the past two days. As of 8 am on Nov 13, average precipitation reached 36 mm. It was still raining when the landslide happened, the local weather bureau said.