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March 30, 2013

Landslide Buries 83 Workers in Tibet

by VOA News

China's state-run media say rescue workers have found one body, a day after a massive landslide buried 83 workers at a gold mine in a mountainous area of Tibet.

The official Xinhua news agency said the landslide covered three square kilometers with about two million cubic meters of dirt early Friday morning, burying a workers' camp at the mining site about 70 kilometers east of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

Search efforts are being hampered by continuing smaller landslides, the 4,600-meter altitude and temperatures below freezing.  The severe cold is affecting the noses of search dogs.

More than 2,000 rescuers have been dispatched to the area.

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