Two Dead, 26 Missing in Xinjiang Mudslide
Created: 2012-07-31 10:16 EST
Two are dead and 26 reportedly missing after a mudslide hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early Tuesday morning, according to local authorities.
The mudslide occurred at an iron-ore mine in the township of Araltobe, Xinyuan county of the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture.
A spokesman from the prefecture's fire brigade said the mud and debris buried 28 people.
They believe them to be 22 mineworkers and six local residents.
Bodies of the two victims have been recovered.
More than 50 rescuers are still searching for the missing persons in debris over 1,600 feet in length, almost 200 feet wide and more than 15 feet deep.