Xi urges all-out rescue efforts in SW China landslide

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-24 19:14:19|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday ordered all-out rescue efforts for those buried by a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The landslide from a high part of a mountain in Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba hit Xinmo Village at about 6 a.m., burying more than 100 people. A 2-km section of a river was blocked.

Authorities must make maximum efforts to reduce casualties and prevent secondary disasters, Xi said.

Family members of the missing people and those suffering losses in the disaster must be given appropriate care, according to his instruction.

Xi has ordered the State Council, China's Cabinet, to send a work team to the site.

As China enters flood season, governments across the country should strengthen disaster prevention to ensure safety of people's lives and property, according to the order.

Premier Li Keqiang also ordered rescue efforts and examination of geological risks.

People in danger should be relocated as soon as possible to prevent secondary disasters, Li said.

He also ordered an investigation into the reason for the landslide and proper handling of the aftermath.

As instructed by Xi and Li, State Councilor Wang Yong has led a work team to the site. Authorities of Sichuan Province and Aba Prefecture have launched the highest level of disaster relief response and rescue work is underway.

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