Emergency response activated for landslide in SW China

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By 2 p.m. Friday, more than 21,000 people had been relocated in Sichuan and Tibet, according to local authorities.

The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Emergency Management jointly activated a level-IV emergency response, the lowest level, on Friday at 3 p.m., the ministry said in a statement.

BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities on Friday initiated a national emergency response to a landslide which caused the formation of a barrier lake in the border area of Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China.

The landslide struck at about 7 a.m. Thursday in the border area of Sichuan and Tibet, forming a barrier lake near a section of the Jinsha River.