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China landslide: Search for survivors continues as death toll reaches 25

A aerial view shows rescuers searching for survivors among debris at the site of a landslide in Yaxi township of Lishui, Zhejiang province Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The landslide has created a small barrier lake (below right), hampering rescue efforts

More than 2,000 rescuers are searching for survivors of a landslide in eastern China that has killed at least 25 people.

Several days of rain sparked a torrent of mud and rock, engulfing homes in Lidong village, Zhejiang province.

The landslide occurred shortly before 23:00 on Friday night and buried almost 30 houses.

Parts of the village remain flooded, hindering rescue efforts. Reports say 12 people are still missing.

Local officials said one person had been rescued so far and is in stable condition.

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Image caption Experts have been dispatched to determine if nearby areas could also be vulnerable to landslides
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Image caption Despite the rains, the landslide also sparked fires

As well as rescuers, sniffer dogs and machinery, psychologists have also been dispatched to the area to help family members of the victims, local officials said.

Most of the missing are children and the elderly, according to local media, which also said that compensation had been agreed for those who lost homes in the disaster.

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