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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, June 24, 2017. Dozens of people are feared buried by a landslide that unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday, a county government said. (He Qinghai/Xinhua via AP)

A massive landslide buried over 120 people in southwest China


More than 140 people are feared missing after a landslide in a mountain village in southwestern China buried more than 40 houses early Saturday, officials said.

"It's the biggest landslide to hit this area since the Wenchuan earthquake," Wang Yongbo, an official leading one of the rescue efforts told state media.

Rescuers have been able to pull out some people and reunite them with their families.

The provincial government said on its website that an estimated 8 million cubic meters (282 million cubic feet) of earth and rock equivalent to more than 3,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools had slid down the mountain.

The landslide is believed to have been triggered by rain.

At least 500 rescuers with two dozen sniffer dogs were sent to the site, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

These photos appear to show what the village looked like before and after the landslide.

The Government of Maldives, China's neighbor, shared its condolences with the victims.

--The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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