Landslide strikes China’s southwest Guizhou province

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China Landslide Rescuers search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Nayong county in southwest China’s Guizhou province, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The landslide buried dozens of homes in southern China, killed several and leaving dozens missing, the local government said. (Chinatopix via AP)

China issued an emergency response on Monday following a landslide in the city of Bijie, southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have sent officials to the area to assist disaster relief work.

The landslide occurred at about 10:40 a.m. in Zhangjiawan township, affecting at least 34 households. So far, the death toll has risen to three people, and 32 are missing.

Local civil affairs authorities sent tents, quilts and camp beds to the site after the disaster.

A grade-IV response, the lowest in China’s emergency response system, means a 24-hour alert, daily damage reports, and the allocation of money and relief materials within 48 hours.

Story by Xinhua.