Rescuers work on the site of a landslide in Xuyong, Sichuan province, on Monday. The landslide occurred on Sunday afternoon, killing four people and injuring seven. One person remains missing. CHINA DAILY
Three people stranded at the site of a landslide in Fenshui town in Xuyong county, Sichuan province were pulled from the rubble on Monday, bringing the total number of people found to 11.
The first two people, who were extracted at 6:05 am and 6:11 am, were conscious and stable when they were rescued. But the third, a 2-year-old girl, died when she was pulled out just after noon, according to a news release from the county government.
Of the previously rescued eight people, three died on the way to the hospital. The remaining five survivors are being treated at different hospitals, with four in stable condition and one in an intensive care unit.
The lower limbs of the two people at the county's traditional Chinese medicine hospital had wounds from heavy debris. One of them also had a fractured pelvis, hospital head Zhong Lei said.
An information officer for the county said the search was continuing for the missing person－a resident of the town who earned a living by cleaning the streets.
The person might have been buried somewhere other than inside one of the three collapsed houses, the town's Party chief, Luo Guohong, said.
The town is 60 kilometers from the county seat and borders Weixin county in Yunnan province.
A man is pulled out of the rubble of the landslide in Xuyong, Sichuan province, on Monday. LUO GUANGLIAN/FOR CHINA DAILY
Tang Jie, head of Xuyong county, said that about 1,000 policemen, militia, firefighters and rescue workers from a mine participated in the search and rescue operation.
The rescue of the two men pulled out on Monday morning was dramatic. When a rescue worker used a handheld radio to ask, "Is there anyone in the rubble?" on Sunday evening, he heard the two men reply on the channel.
Rescue workers threw bottles of liquid glucose through the gap in the rubble to the two men, who were trapped 2 meters down, taking turns shouting, "Don't sleep! Hold on! Brothers, don't be afraid! All of us are trying to save you. I'm waiting for you outside."
About nine hours later, the two men were rescued.
It had rained for several days before the landslide. Its cause is being investigated, Tang said.