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Massive landslide buries dozens in China

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  • 80 people are buried, unlikely they will survive, Xinhua news agency says
  • Accident occurs Friday in iron ore mining area
  • Landslide cut off power, communication
  • 500 rescuers scouring the area
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(CNN) -- Chinese rescue workers searched for dozens of people believed to be trapped by a massive landslide in the southwest city of Chongqing on Saturday, a state-run news agency reported.

Rescuers said about 80 people were buried in debris from the landslide and have almost no chance of survival, Xinhua reported. But rescuers hope to save 27 miners trapped under a mine in the area, the agency reported.

Rescuers pulled out seven injured people on Friday, including four who were seriously hurt.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. Friday at an iron ore mining area in Jiwei Mountain.

A government spokesman said the landslide destroyed 12 rural houses and buried a mining area.

The landslide cut off power and communications in many parts of the town, but 500 rescuers were still searching the area, Xinhua reported.

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