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Top leaders urge all-out rescue efforts in SW China landslide

Updated: Jun 24,2017 5:43 PM     Xinhua/english.gov.cn

Rescuers work at the accident site after a landslide occurred in Xinmo village of Maoxian county, Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, June 24, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping on June 24 ordered all-out rescue efforts for those buried by a landslide in Southwest China’s Sichuan province.

The landslide from a high part of a mountain in Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture of Aba hit Xinmo village at about 6 am, burying 62 homes and more than 100 people. A 2-km section of river was blocked.

Authorities must make maximum efforts to reduce casualties and prevent secondary disasters, President Xi said.

Family members of the missing people and those suffering losses in the disaster must be given appropriate care, according to his instruction.

Rescuers work at the accident site after a landslide occurred in Xinmo village of Maoxian county, Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, June 24, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang also gave orders that rescue efforts and disaster relief work be carried out to reduce casualties.

He added that related departments need to investigate the disaster, relocate residents and prevent serious secondary disasters from happening.

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction is urged to strengthen disaster prevention and safety work.

As instructed by President Xi and Premier Li, State Councilor Wang Yong has led a work team to the site. Authorities of Sichuan province and Aba prefecture have launched the highest level of disaster relief response and rescue work is underway.

Rescuers work at the accident site after a landslide occurred in Xinmo village of Maoxian county, Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, June 24, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

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