dozen workers missg in SW China landslide

More than a dozen workers remained missing Friday after a landslide in southwest China buried a section of railway that was under repair , according to state media.

The 17 missing people were carrying out maintenance work on the track Wednesday when the hill above them gave way, China Daily reported .

The landslide in Ganluo county in Sichuan province happened very quickly , a witness told the newspaper .

“ I spotted a strange movement on the mountain slope after a truck passed .

And I shouted, telling everyone to run away , ” said Chen Kun, an official from the China Railway Chengdu Group .

“The rocks and mud fell within two or three seconds …while we were running , we could feel rocks chasing us , ” Chen told China Daily .

Rescue operations are under way with 11 workers pulled from the rubble that buried 70 metres (yards ) of track , the newspaper said .

The area has been hit by several landslides this summer as massive rains cause hills in the mountainous region to collapse .

Elsewhere in China a wet summer has claimed lives .

Last week at least 18 people were killed in a landslide triggered by torrential downpours in the coastal city of Wenzhou as Typhoon Lekima pounded cities along China’ s eastern seaboard .

In July , at least 42 died in a landslide which buried a village in Guizhou province , with a thick torrent of mud burying 22 houses .

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