Early on the morning of June 24, 2017, at around 5:45am, a sudden and devastating landslide hit Xinmo Village in Maoxian County, in the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The landslide smashed through some 60 homes, and over 100 people were reported missing.
According to Sichuan Provincial Department of Land and Resources, days of heavy rain triggered the landslide high on the mountain above Xinmo Village, causing the dislocation of as much as 8 million cubic meters of earth, resulting in the blocking of a two-kilometer section of the river in the valley.
Over 1,000 rescue workers equipped with instruments for detecting survivors in the rubble were sent to the site. More than 300 villagers living nearby were immediately evacuated to safety in case of any secondary landslides.
Xiao Zhilin, vice director of the Sichuan Provincial Geology and Environment Monitoring Office told NewsChina, “The rainfall caused the loosening of soil on the mountain slope, which led to the shifting of rocks in higher places, resulting in the rock- and landslide.”