Chinese state media say the number of people who
died in a mudslide at an illegal mine in northern China has risen to
China Central Television says rescue workers continue their search
for possible survivors, but hope was fading two days after the slide
On Monday, heavy rains triggered the collapse of a reservoir of
iron-ore waste at the mine in Shanxi province. The torrent of mud and mining
waste plowed into buildings.
State media say 35 people were injured by
the massive torrent of mud and debris. An unknown number of others are still
believed to be trapped beneath the rubble.
Chinese work safety officials
are blaming the illegal mine for the disaster. Police have already detained nine
of its employees, including the boss of the mine.
Some information for this report was
provided by AFP and AP.