|Tibet's Potala Palace, Lhasa, a Buddhist "Vatican" before Chinese invasion (nekorpa.org)|
The state-run China Central Television said more than 2,000 rescuers have been dispatched to Lhasa's Maizhokunggar county to search for the buried.
|Earthmovers remove rocks and mud on the scene. The landslide hit a mining area in Lhasa, southwest of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on Friday, March 29, 2013 (AP/Xinhua, Chogo)|
The miners worked for a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corp., a state-owned enterprise and the country's largest gold producer. A woman who answered the call at its Beijing headquarters Saturday said she could not provide any information.
The disaster is likely to inflame critics of [draconian] Chinese rule in Tibet who say Beijing's interests are driven by the region's mineral wealth and strategic position and come at the expense of the region's delicate ecosystem and Tibetans' Buddhist culture and traditional way of life.
|Tibet-bound Chinese military (AFP/Getty Images)|