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Landslide In China Leaves At Least 40 People Missing

The tragedy occurred in the early hours of Wednesday when an estimated 1 million cubic meters of dirt and debris came tumbling down on the living quarters of a mining company in Shaanxi province, in the country's northwest region.

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At least 40 people are still missing in China, after a massive landslide in Shaanxi province left the living quarters of a mining company buried under a mountain of dirt and debris, China's state news agency Xinhua reported.

Fifteen dorms and three houses at the Wuzhou Mining Company are thought to have been overcome by an estimated 1 million cubic meters of dirt, prompting the Chinese President Xi Jinping to order an all-out rescue effort.

China's Premier Li Keqiang has also ordered the evacuation of people living near the area and called for an immediate investigation into the accident.

Both Xi and Li have called for safety measures at such sites to be improved, warning that companies should draw lessons from accidents such as this.

So far, 14 people have been rescued, local officials told the BBC.

However, the work of the firefighters and paramedics deployed to the site has been severely hampered by the heavy rain in the area, according to China's state broadcaster CCTV.

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