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Mine slide plows into buildings

September 10, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Rescuers used heavy equipment to search for survivors under a torrent of sludge, mud and mining waste that plowed into buildings in northern China, killing at least 56 people, state media reported.

The New China News Agency said it was not known how many people were trapped. The People's Daily newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said on its website that the missing could number in the hundreds.

A preliminary investigation showed that a dam collapse at a mine in Xiangfen County caused Monday's landslide, a top safety official said.

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