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  • Thousands of tourists were forced to evacuate the popular Mt Emei on Saturday as rain, high winds and landslides slashed the region. Photo: Sina

Thousands of tourists were forced to evacuate the popular Mt Emei on Saturday as rain, high winds and landslides slashed the region. Photo: Sina

One Taiwanese tourist died and five were others injured on Saturday afternoon when two trees suddenly fell down on a holy mountain in southwest China, local media report

The tragedy happened after a massive landslide blocked roads on Mt Emei in Sichuan province as the popular tourist area was hit by strong winds and heavy rains, the West China City Daily reports. The dead and injured were sent to hospitals in nearby Leshan and Emeishan. The survivors were all listed in stable condition. The scenic area administration authority had ordered the evacuation of tourists.

The six victims were walking from a bus station that had been cut off to another shuttle bus stop when the trees crashed down on them. All stranded tourists had been evacuated from the park by yesterday morning, the administration authority said. Many tourists flocked to scenic attractions across the country during a the national Discount Holidays © holiday from Thursday to Saturday to commemorate the end of the second world war.

Standing at 3,100m, Mt Emei is the tallest of China s four Buddhist holy mountains, and is immensely popular with hikers and pilgrims who climb trails to summit while staying at monasteries along the way.

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