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Xinhua: 22 Bodies Recovered From SE China Landslide

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An aerial view shows that buildings at a hydroelectric power station under construction that were hit by landslide in Sanming, Fujian province, China, May 8, 2016.

An aerial view shows that buildings at a hydroelectric power station under construction that were hit by landslide in Sanming, Fujian province, China, May 8, 2016.

China's official Xinhua news agency says rescuers have recovered 22 bodies from the rubble of a massive landslide in southeastern Fujian province.

About 100,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks, loosened by heavy rains on Sunday, slid into a hydroelectric power station site under construction in in Sanming, Taining county. Xinhua says 17 people are still missing, while two people who were initially on the missing list have been found alive. Seven people were injured in the incident.

President Xi Jinping has ordered rescue crews to increase their efforts to find any survivors, but continued rain has made the work more difficult.

Deadly landslides are common in China.

In December, more than 70 people were killed when a large river of mud swept over an industrial park in the economic powerhouse of Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

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