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Monday, April 26, 2010

Photos: Massive Landslide Buries Highway, Motorists In Taiwan

dailymail - Nearly one thousand people are searching this morning for survivors buried under a mysterious landslide that has covered a 300-metre stretch of a motorway in Taiwan.

At least two people in two separate vehicles are believed to be buried under the tons of rock and earth after the landslide on Sunday afternoon near Keelung.

One of the missing was a 55-year-old female taxi driver whose surname is Lin. Her car vanished from her company's global positioning system almost exactly at the location of the landslide, Taiwanese reports said.

The wife of the other missing person, a man surnamed Yeh, turned up at the site of the disaster last night, pleading for quicker action.

A couple who have been missing for 24 hours and who were believed to have been travelling in the area at the time may also have been buried, it is feared.

Rescuers are working night and day to clear the rubble - but it could take up to 20 days to remove it all. A total of 50 excavators and 100 trucks are at the scene, along with specially trained dogs helping in the search for survivors.

So far, special equipment has failed to turn up any life underneath the debris. Rain predicted for the area tonight is set to make the situation worse, it is feared.

It is still not clear what caused the landslide. No earthquakes or rain were recorded in the area on Sunday.

Some experts quoted in the Taiwanese press blamed the disaster on a sharp incline near the road.

The hill had a dip slop on the side nearest the motorway. The other side of dip slopes are steep and irregular, while the slope itself makes it easier for rocks to slide down, experts said.

The Ministry of Transportation said it as investigating up to 20 similar dip slopes near major roads in Taiwan.

Photos: Massive Landslide Buries Highway, Motorists In Taiwan

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