Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

One body found in Tibet landslide

Earthmovers remove rocks and mud from the scene where a landslide hit a mining area in Maizhokunggar county of Lhasa in Tibet (AP)
Earthmovers remove rocks and mud from the scene where a landslide hit a mining area in Maizhokunggar county of Lhasa in Tibet (AP)

Rescuers in Tibet have found one body after 83 workers were buried in a massive landslide at a gold mining site.

The fate of the other victims is unknown.

State media said the workers were buried on Friday when about 2.6 million cubic yards of mud, rock and debris swept through the mine and covered an area of around 1.5 square miles.

The official Xinhua News Agency said more than 3,000 rescuers are scouring the high-altitude, mountainous area of Lhasa's Maizhokunggar county, but search efforts were hampered when snow started to fall.

The miners worked for a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group, a state-owned enterprise and the country's largest gold producer.

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