A powerful landslide engulfed more than 33 buildings in Shenzhen yesterday morning in an incident which has left at least 91 people missing.
According to NetEase, at 11:40 a.m. the landslide swept through several industrial parks on the outskirts of the city, triggering a gas explosion.
More than 2,000 rescuers are involved in search operations. Officials have set up a rescue command center and three treatment shelters on site. Of the missing, 59 are male and 32 female.
Mr. Xiao, who was fortunate to have escaped the area, told reporters that the area affected contained several factories and workers dormitories. “13 out of the 15 buildings have been buried. We didn’t know what had happened,” Mr. Xiao said. “Several could have run away from the site.”
The source of the landslide was a man-made pile of earth rather than a natural mountain or formation. According to the local residents, the landslide had occurred because of loose soil that has been piled up following two years of construction and development in the area.
By Lucy Liu
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