More than 30 dead after landslide near Chitan hydropower plant in China

Chitan Hydropower Plant Landslide
Photo by Associated Press

At least 31 were killed and more are missing after a landslide buried a work camp near the Chitan hydropower plant in southeastern China.

The 3.5 million-cubic-foot landslide came after heavy rain had soaked the region for days, burying an office building and housing area early Sunday morning, according to the state run Xinhua News Agency.

More than 600 rescue personnel are reported to be using tools, mechanical diggers and search dogs to search for other survivors, though continued rainfall and blocked roads have made the effort difficult.

An unspecified number of other workers who were at the site are being treated for other injuries.

Details about the Chitan hydroelectric plant are scant, though the workers were building an extension of the existing Chitan project. The complex is owned by an affiliate of Huadian Fuxin Energy Ltd., with completion scheduled for August 2017.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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