Landslide Hits School Killing Nearly 20 Students

BEIJING (October 5, 2012)--All 18 of the elementary school students buried in a landslide in a mountainous part of southwestern China are dead and one other person is still missing, officials said Friday.

The Yiliang county government said on its website that the children were declared dead early Friday about 18 hours after the landslide buried the school and three farmhouses.

It said the missing person was in one of the farmhouses when the landslide struck after 8 a.m. Thursday.

The government said the landslide blocked a river, and its water pooled around the buried buildings, hampering rescue efforts.

Officials have yet to give a cause for the landslide but the area has been lashed by rain and is prone to earthquakes.

A series of quakes last month left 81 people dead.

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