Over 200 trapped in Tibet landslides

Oct 19, 2014, 09:11 IST | Agencies

Rescue teams rush to spot as 70 vehicles also feared trapped at Qamdo County in east Tibet

Lhasa: Over 200 people and around 70 vehicles were trapped in a mountain town after landslides cut off a highway in Tibet on Saturday.

Earthmovers remove rocks and mud on the scene where a landslide hit a mining area in Maizhokunggar County of Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, last year. Pic/ap

According to officials, no casualties have been reported yet. “Rescuers have rushed to the landslide site in Ra’og Town, Qamdo County in east Tibet, to help the trapped drivers and evacuate passengers,” said Li Shijie, head of the rescue team.

“We have prepared food and medical services for the victims, but it may take several days to clear up the site,”
Li added.

A road section that is more than 100 metres long has been covered with mud and rocks have piled up as high as eight metres in some places, said Li.

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