Landslide in hilly southern China kills 46 people

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Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 12 at 11:36 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Disaster teams have pulled out the bodies of 46 people, including 19 children, who were buried by a landslide that swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China.

The state-run China Central Television says that all the bodies have been recovered.

The landslide smothered 14 homes yesterday in a (Zhaojiagou) village in Yunnan province, burying 46 people.

The local government blames the mudslide on soil that had become heavily saturated from a month of rain and snow. It says the slope's steepness, its poor soil composition and the impact from an earthquake also contributed.

The government statement denies any direct relation between the disaster and mining activities in the area, characterizing the mudslide as a natural disaster.

The region is prone to earthquakes and heavy rains, making mudslides a recurring problem. More than 80 people died in a September earthquake, while a landslide buried a primary school the following month, killing 18 students and one other person.

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APPHOTO XIN801: In this Jan. 11, 2013 photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work at the mud-inundated debris after a landslide hit a village in Zhenxiong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Shi Shengming) (11 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XHG807: Chinese paramilitary policemen dig through a landslide to search for victims in the Zhaojiagou village in Zhenxiong county in southwest China's Yunnan province Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The landslide swept through the village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China on Friday, killing dozens of people, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT (11 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XIN803: In this Jan. 11, 2013 photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers remove a body from the mud-inundated debris after a landslide hit Zhaojiagou in Zhenxiong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province. A landslide swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China on Friday, killing at least 32 people, the local government said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Shi Shengming) NO SALES (11 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO XIN7804: In this Jan. 11, 2013 photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work at the mud-inundated debris after a landslide hit Zhaojiagou in Zhenxiong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province. A landslide swept through the village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China on Friday, killing at least 32 people, the local government said. (AP Photo/Xinhua Zhang Guangyu) NO SALES (11 Jan 2013)

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