China landslide kills 151, hopes fade for missing

XIANGFEN, China (AP) -- Hope is fading for what could be hundreds of people still buried after a landslide in China. At least 151 people are already confirmed dead.

The landslide originated at an illegal mining operation on Monday. when heavy rains brought down a retaining wall at the mine's waste dump. In just minutes, the sludge hit an entire village of 1,000 people and an outdoor market with hundreds of customers. The village and market sit at the foot of the hill where the iron ore mine was operating.

Only a handful of buildings remain standing on the fringe of the sludge, which covers an area the size of four football fields.

A work safety official says "there's almost no hope" for those who are still buried. More than 2,000 police, firefighters and villagers have been mobilized to search for victims.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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