E. China landslide: 25 dead and 12 missing

25 people were confirmed dead and 12 others remained missing after a landslide hit a village in east China’s Zhejiang Province Friday night.

Only one person has been rescued so far after the landslide hit Lidong Village in Liandu District of Lishui City at around 10:50 p.m.

Rescue work began immediately after the landslide. More than 2,300 rescuers, along with 7 sniffer dogs, over 60 large machineries and 50 aid vehicles were involved in the effort.

Torrents of mud and rocks buried 27 homes in the village, with 21 houses flooded.

Compensation for the damaged houses is underway. Homeowners are expected to be offered compensation based on the severity of damage.

The local government has dispatched 52 teams composed of more than 620 people to investigate the site in case of any further disasters.

A total of 58 villagers have been relocated. Over 400 volunteers divided into 18 teams are providing services at the resettlement camp.

“The situation is not favorable for rescue. First, it is too narrow for large machinery to enter. Second, after entry, large machinery has to be extremely cautious to avoid secondary disaster. Some people are still there. Cooperation of handwork and machine slows down the rescue to some extent.”

According to Yang, a team of 35 professional psychologists have been providing psychological intervention for the family members of the victims.

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