Saturated Soil Gives Way Causing Deadly Landslide

BEIJING (January 12, 2013)--Disaster teams pulled out the bodies of 46 people, including 19 children, who were buried by a landslide that swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China.

State-run China Central Television says that all the bodies have been recovered.

The landslide smothered 14 homes Friday in a village in Yunnan province.

The local government blames the mudslide on soil that had become heavily saturated from a month of rain and snow and says the slope's steepness, its poor soil composition and the impact from an earthquake also contributed.

The government statement denies any direct relation between the disaster and mining activities in the area, characterizing the mudslide as a natural disaster.

The region is prone to earthquakes and heavy rains, making mudslides a recurring problem.

More than 80 people died in a September earthquake, while a landslide buried a primary school the following month, killing 18 students and one other person.

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