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  • Rescuers search for survivors following a landslide in China that left 141 missing.

    Rescuers search for survivors following a landslide in China that left 141 missing. | Photo: REUTERS-CGTN

The government has ordered US$730,000 in immediate funds, and 1000 rescuers are helping the relief operation.

A massive landslide in China's southwestern province of Sichuan has killed at least 15 people and destroyed 40 homes.

118 people are still missing after it hit a village, Xinhua reported. 

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At around 6 a.m. on Saturday, the landslide started high in a mountain in the Maoxian County near Tibet, before sliding into a village, burying 2 kilometres of a river, and 1,600 meters of a major national road.

The provincial government ordered a high-level disaster relief response and immediately sent hundreds of rescuers to the site with excavators and search and rescue dogs.

The province approved an immediate relief fund of US$730,000 to assist in the recovery.

By midday local time, it was reported that two parents and their child had been rescued from the rubble.

China's President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out rescue efforts to take place, and ordered the State Council to send a team, and for affected people in the disaster to be given the needed care.

Xi's order also emphasized the need for all provincial governments to fund and ensure precautionary disaster prevention going into China's flood season, when heavy rains make landslides a major catastrophe risk.

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