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First body retrieved after landslide buries 107 in SW China

06-30-2010 09:33 BJT Special Report: Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

GUANLING, Guizhou, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers Tuesday recovered a child's body from the scene of a rainstorm-triggered landslide, which was the first body to be retrieved after 107 people were buried in the disaster in southwest China's Guizhou Province Monday afternoon.

The child, yet to be identified, was found at 5:50 p.m. under debris in Dazhai Village, Gangwu Township, in Anshun City's Guanling County, a rescue headquarters spokesman said.

Some 107 people from 38 families were buried in the landslide at 2:30 p.m. Monday and their chances of survival were "slim," rescue headquarters officials said.

Survivors made a list of the buried and Xinhua reporters counted 62 names on the list. The list, which may not be accurate, was handed over to rescuers.

More than 1,000 nearby villagers have been evacuated and over 500 more are waiting to be relocated, said the spokesman.

Wu Guangxiang, 59, a resident from Bawan Village near scene of the rain-triggered landslide, and her grandson were evacuated to a resettlement area Monday night. The local government has provided milk, biscuits, bottled water and instant noodle to the evacuees.

"The noodles were tasty. But I wonder when I could return home," said Wu as she took shelter in a tent Tuesday morning.

Jianzhuang Primary School, which was at risk, has suspended classes and sent students to safe areas.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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