In a tragic incident reported by the Chinese state-run media, 20 people have been confirmed dead following a devastating landslide in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. The catastrophe unfolded in the early hours of Monday morning when a steep cliff top area collapsed, burying approximately 18 homes under a massive mound of debris in Zhengxiong county.
According to Xinhua news agency, search and rescue teams are actively engaged in digging through a vast debris field that spans 100 meters in width and 60 meters in height. The challenging rescue operation is being conducted in freezing temperatures and amidst snowfall, adding to the complexity of the situation.
Regrettably, at least 24 residents are still missing, heightening concerns for their safety and well-being. The affected village has witnessed the evacuation of hundreds of residents who were compelled to leave their homes due to the calamity.
This latest incident is part of a series of natural disasters that have struck China in recent months, with many occurring in the aftermath of extreme weather events, including heavy rain and snow. Landslides and avalanches triggered by these adverse conditions have led to a growing number of casualties and challenges for rescue operations.