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Landslide buries 35 builders in southeast China

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BEIJING — A landslide in southeast China on Sunday buried around 35 builders at the construction site of a hydropower project, and rescuers later pulled out five people alive, officials and state-run media reported.

Rocks and mud with a volume of 100,000 cubic meters (3.5 million cubic feet) buried an office building and the workers’ living area at the site in mountainous Taining county in Fujian province around 5 a.m. Sunday, according to a website run by the country’s Communist Party’s publicity department.

An initial count suggested 35 people were missing, the report said.

China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, later reported that five workers were rescued alive, but said their conditions were unknown.

An official at the department said by phone that the cause of the landslide was still unclear, but that the area had seen rainfall in the past few days.

The Taining county official, who only gave his surname of Wei, said firefighters and police were attempting to reach the buried, who were working on a hydropower project.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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