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Deaths in Chinese Mine Landslide Rise to 128


Chinese state media say the number of people who died in a mudslide at an illegal mine in northern China has risen to 128.

China Central Television says rescue workers continue their search for possible survivors, but hope was fading two days after the slide occurred.

On Monday, heavy rains triggered the collapse of a reservoir of iron-ore waste at the mine in Shanxi province. The torrent of mud and mining waste plowed into buildings.

State media say 35 people were injured by the massive torrent of mud and debris. An unknown number of others are still believed to be trapped beneath the rubble.

Chinese work safety officials are blaming the illegal mine for the disaster. Police have already detained nine of its employees, including the boss of the mine.



Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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