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Death toll rises to 43 in China landslide

(Xinhua) Updated: 2013-01-12 04:12

KUNMING - The death toll from a landslide which hit a village in southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 43 after one more body was retrieved, said a local official early Saturday.

Liu Jianhua, mayor of Zhaotong City, said in the wee hours on Saturday, rescuers were still searching the three missing residents despite the snowy weather.

The landslide hit the Zhaojiagou area of Gaopo Village around 8:20 a.m. Friday. Forty-six residents -- 27 adults and 19 children -- were buried in the rock and mud debris.

Two other injured people were sent to a nearby hospital, and it has been confirmed that their injuries are not life-threatening.

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