Officials and rescuers paid a silent tribute to the dead of the Shenzhen landslide yesterday morning, seven days after the tragedy which claimed 7 lives and left 75 missing.
According to NetEase, rescuers are continuing their search for survivors, but with each passing day it becomes increasingly unlikely that anyone will be pulled out alive from under the rubble.
The powerful landslide which engulfed more than 33 buildings at an industrial park on the outskirts of Shenzhen was caused by the collapse of a pile of excavated soil and construction waste which had accumulated over the course of two years.
An investigation directed by China’s cabinet found the disaster which took place on December 20 stemmed from waste construction material in a landfill site rather than and was not the result of natural geological processes.
The company managing the dump site, Shenzhen Yixianglong, was urged to stop work four days before the disaster, an executive with a government-appointed monitoring agency said on Thursday.
Xinhua reported earlier in the week that 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.
Yang Huanning, chief of the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), pledged to thoroughly investigate the landslide and severely punish those responsible.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Xinhua]