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Reports: Landslide in hilly south China kills 16

(AP) Reports: Landslide in hilly south China kills 16
BEIJING
A landslide swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China on Friday, burying dozens of people and killing at least 16, the local government and state media said.

The landslide smothered 16 homes shortly after 8 a.m. in Zhaojiagou village, and hours later more than 40 people were missing, said a notice posted on the website of Zhenxiong county, where the village is located. Rescuers recovered 16 bodies, among them a family of seven, said a report on the website of the Yunnan Daily, the official newspaper of the provincial government.

Photos posted on the news site showed rescue crews in orange jumpsuits using construction machinery to sift through massive piles of mud and earth. Behind them stood hillsides and pine trees covered in snow, signs of the unusually cold winter that has hit all of China.

Reports did not say what triggered the landslide, but they occur periodically in the region, which is prone to earthquakes and heavy rains. In a nearby county, 81 people died after an earthquake in September. A month later, a landslide buried a primary school, leaving 18 students and one other person dead.

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