A man was pulled alive from under rubble more than 60 hours after a waste heap in Shenzhen collapsed and buried dozens of buildings in mud and construction debris.
According to Xinhua, Tian Zeming was found at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday in a coherent state, but his legs had been crushed by the landslide. One of Tian’s ankles had been stuck in the debris and medical experts are doing their best to save his foot.
While Tian was able to tell those who pulled him out that another survivor was nearby, he was pronounced dead by the doctors after being retrieved. The confirmed death toll from the accident now stands at two with more than 70 still missing.
State media claims that on Tuesday, police raided offices of the company that was managing the dump site, Shenzhen Yixianglong Investment Development. A deputy general manager named Yu Shengli was allegedly taken into custody.
Xinhua said the dump was being used 10 months after it was supposed to have stopped taking waste, earning Yixianglong some 7.5 million yuan ($1.16 million) in fees.
While no waste is being brought to the Hengtaiyu industrial park now, dumping has also stopped at another controversial site in Shenzhen, in the district of Bujiuwo, which opened in 2008 and was due to close three years later.
— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) December 21, 2015