The local authorities in the province of Sichuan in southern China said that a landslide that occurred on Sunday resulted in the deaths of fourteen persons and the disappearance of five more.
According to a statement released by the local government online, the landslide “took place high on a mountain” at six in the morning (2200 GMT) at a state-owned forestry station in Jinkouhe, which is located close to the city of Leshan.
According to the statement, as of 3:30 p.m. local time, the bodies of 14 victims have been located, but there are still five people who are missing.
According to the statement, the authorities dispatched around 180 individuals in addition to more than a dozen pieces of rescue and recovery equipment to the scene.
It claimed that “currently, search and rescue work is urgently underway,” and it emphasized the urgency of the situation.
The location is in a hilly region and is around 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Chengdu, the capital of the provincial capital.
The region is prone to natural calamities such as landslides and earthquakes since it is inaccessible and has a deep forest cover.