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Landslide kills 37 in bus, 15 British tourists missing


Thirty-seven tourists were killed when their coach was buried in a landslide after the massive earthquake in Sichuan; separately officials said they had lost contact with 15 British tourists, state media reported yesterday.

The coach was buried by a landslide in Maoxian County in Tibetan-populated Aba Prefecture in Sichuan Province, Xinhua news agency said, quoting a spokesman with the provincial emergency management office.

Separately, he said about 15 Britons were among 2,000 tourists stranded in Aba Prefecture and out of contact, it said.

He said the British tourists were probably in Wolong, home to the famed Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center.

The British embassy said it had sent four emergency workers to Chongqing to assess the situation of its nationals in the area.

"At the moment, we have little idea about the latest situation of the area. Hopefully, we will be able to find out more this afternoon," a spokesman said.

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