Landslide kills 12 in central China

A Chinese rescuer directs a sniffer dog to search for survivors and victims in debris of a hotel devastated by the landslide in Bianhe village, Chengguan town, Nanzhang county, Xiangyang city, central China's Hubei province, 21 January 2017.

The bodies of the 12 people who died when a landslide destroyed part of a hotel in Central China's Hubei province have been recovered. The Mirage Hotel in Nanzhang county was devastated at 7:30 pm Friday (20 January 2017) when around 3,000 cubic meters of debris slid down a slope behind the hotel. The largest falling rock weighed 150 tonnes. A total of 15 people, including hotel workers and guests, were trapped in the restaurant on the first floor. Rescuers pulled five people from the debris, two of whom died in hospital. Rescue work was suspended for nearly five hours due to risks of a secondary disaster. The hotel was built in 2007. Hotel owner He Dahui were killed in the disaster.