Around 8 am yesterday, Zhenhe Village in Yiliang county, Zhaotong city, Yunnan province got hit by a devastating landslide measuring 10,000 cubic meters, according to China Daily. Nineteen people — 18 of whom were primary school students — were buried, and so far 10 are confirmed dead. Update: They’re all dead.
Yiliang is the same county that got rocked by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on September 7, followed by devastating aftershocks. All told, 81 people died, more than 800 were injured and 200,000 displaced, with damages totaling upwards of 4 billion yuan.
And then there was this: schools were suspended for all students, forcing them to take make-up classes, which explains why school was in session during this national holiday week.
As for the landslide: residents have been relocated and rescue missions are on in earnest. The first 24 hours after a calamity are, of course, the most important, so let’s hope more survivors are found.
So far, this is the best look at the landslide, via Shanghaiist:
I know, totally should have been this, right?
Youku version of top video: