Thursday 22 February 2018

83 sleeping miners buried by landslide

A massive landslide engulfed a gold mining area in mountainous Tibet, burying 83 workers believed to have been asleep.

About two million cubic metres of mud, rock and debris swept through the area as the workers were resting and covered an area measuring around four square kilometres, China Central Television said.

The disaster is likely to inflame critics of Chinese rule in Tibet who say Beijing's interests are driven by the region's mineral wealth and strategic position and come at the expense of the region's delicate ecosystem and Tibetans' Buddhist culture.

More than 1,000 police, firefighters, soldiers and medics have been deployed to the site, about 70km (45 miles) east of Lhasa, the regional capital.

Irish Independent

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