Landslide in hilly south China kills at least 32

A landslide swept through a village in the steep, snow-dusted mountains of southern China on Friday, killing at least 32 people, the local government said.

The landslide smothered 14 homes in Zhaojiagou village, and hours later more than 46 people were missing, said a notice on the website of Zhenxiong county, where the village is located. Rescuers recovered 32 bodies, said a report on the website of the Yunnan Daily, the official newspaper of the provincial government.

Photos posted on the news site showed rescue crews in orange jumpsuits using construction machinery to sift through massive piles of mud and earth. Behind them stood hillsides and pine trees covered in snow, signs of the unusually cold winter that has hit all of China.

Reports did not say what triggered the landslide. They occur periodically in the region, which is prone to earthquakes and heavy rains. In a nearby county, 81 people died after an earthquake in September. A month later, a landslide buried a primary school, leaving 18 students and one other person dead.