CHINA NEWS SERVICE, XINHUA (China)

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KUNMING - At least 19 people, including 18 school children, have been buried in a landslide in southwestern China.

The landslide struck the village of Zhenhe village in in Yiliang County, Zhaotong City, where two farm houses as well as the Youfangtai Primary School, were caught in its path, China’s Xinhua news agency reports.

Li Zhong, head of Yiliang's education bureau told China News Service that the students were at school during the national holiday to make up for classes suspended after a series of earthquakes hit the province on September 8, killing 81 people and injuring hundreds of others.

Rescue teams are on their way to the site, according to a statement from Yiliang County officials; nearby residents have been moved to safer places.

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