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Meanwhile, at least 200 rescue workers have been buried by mud slides during the past three days, a transport ministry official told the official Xinhua state news agency.

Two construction machines and six vehicles were also buried in the mud flows during efforts to repair quake-shattered roads in the region, Dai Dongchang told Xinhua.

Can I replace mud flow with mudslides/landslides and still retain its meaning?
Thanks in advance
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Mudslide = mud flow. A landslide is of a different consistency.
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I picture a flow as less dramatic than a slide. With a slide, a portion of a hillside abruptly lets go, or becomes detatched, and rushes forcefully down the slope. It can be over in a matter of seconds. Of course they come in all shapes and sizes - and speeds and durations.

If the ground becomes extremely saturated, the mud can begin to flow with less help from gravity - that is, on (or in) an area where the slope is only moderate. The flow would be more gradual than in the case of a steep hillside.

An earthquake can cause a hillside to break loose even without it's being saturated by rain. This would be rocks and dirt coming down (landslide) rather than mud.

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Thanks, Avangi, I have two side questions.

An earthquake can cause a hillside to break loose even without it's being saturated by rain.

1. Does the above contain a mistake/typo?

2. Is saying, "The flow is more gradual than in the case of a steep hillside" equal to your version?
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1. more like a brain fart

2. yes, I think so (I can't see it from here.)

Edit. Ah, you mean "is" compared to "would be" - sure, the facts are the same, the rest is just housekeeping. It's sort of "would be, if you wanted to compare them" - insignificant.
Thanks, Avangi. I love the cute expression 'brain fart'. This is not the first time I've heard it but I never took the effort to find out.

Here's is the definition I got from Urban Dictionary.
A spontaneous stupid (Stupid the noun, not stupid the adjective) usually accompanied by loss of train of thought and saying something fantastically stupid without realising it.