Landslide Traps 83 In Gold Mining Area

BEIJING (March 29, 2013)--A large landslide trapped 83 workers Friday in a gold mining area in Tibet, Chinese state media reported.

China Central Television quoted a local official as saying the landslide Friday covered about 1.5 square miles in the Maizhokunggar county of Lhasa, the regional capital.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the workers were from a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp.

The reports said the landslide was caused by a "natural disaster" but did not provide specifics.

They said rescue efforts were underway Friday night.

County officials reached by phone confirmed the landslide but had no further details.

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