Updated: 08/29/2014 04:53 | By Agence France-Presse

China landslide kills eight

Eight people died and another 17 were left missing by a landslide in China, state media reported Thursday.


China landslide kills eight

Rescuers in Fuquan, in southwest China's Guizhou province work together to move a piece of collapsed wall on August 28, 2014 as they search for survivors after a landslide

The landslide engulfed a village near Fuquan city in the southwestern province of Guizhou, the Xinhua news agency said.

Torrential rain complicated the rescue work, it said. Pictures showed emergency personnel levering up slabs of tiled wall.

A total of 77 houses collapsed or were buried in the disaster, Xinhua said, with eight people confirmed dead and another 17 missing.

Guizhou is one of the poorest provinces in China, and renowned for its hilly topography and wet weather.

Mining is one of its key industries but soil erosion is among the worst in China, with around 42 percent of the province affected, according to an official national survey in 2009.

Guizhou neighbours Yunnan, which was hit by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake earlier this month that killed more than 600 people.

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