Hope Dim in Search of 118 Buried in Landslide

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Rescuers dug through earth and rocks in an increasingly bleak search for some 118 people still missing after their village in southwest China vanished under a huge landslide. Officials have pulled 15 bodies from the avalanche of rocks that crashed into 62 homes in Xinmo, a once picturesque mountain village nestled by a river in Sichuan province.

Only three survivors — a couple and their one-month-old baby — have been found since heavy rain brought down a side of the mountain. At least half a dozen red excavators removed debris at the base of the slope on as the search continued.

Rescuers with lights on their helmets and sniffer dogs had searched for people through the night as lamps illuminated the grey rubble, according to images on state media.

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