United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
has extended his condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday’s landslides, in the southern Chinese province
of Guizhou, following heavy rains.
In a statement
released on Sunday, Mr. Guterres said that he was “saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property caused by
According to media reports, at least 36 are believed to have died in the landslides, which occurred on Tuesday, in the
village of Pingdi, Shuicheng County.
Since then, rescue teams have reportedly been trying to find survivors by digging through a large mound of earth, using
The reports say that some 40 people have been rescued, but another 15 people are still missing since the mud buried more
than 20 houses.
Mr. Guterres went on to commend the search and rescue operations being conducted by the Government of China, as the
rains continue to fall, and offered the assistance of the United Nations, if needed, to assist in these efforts.
Landslides are not uncommon in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly after heavy rains: the country has
experienced severe flooding this year.