Landslide destroys China’s industrial park

China landlside

Around 91 people went missing after a huge mound of mud and construction waste collapsed at a business park in southern China and buried 33 buildings in the country’s latest industrial disaster.

Premier Li Keqiang has ordered an official investigation into the landslide in the southern town of Shenzhen on December 20. It is located just across the border from Hong Kong. This comes four months after huge chemical blasts at the northern port of Tianjin that killed more than 160 people. The mudslide smashed into multi-storey buildings at the Hengtaiyu industrial park in the city’s northwestern Guangming New District, toppling them in collisions that sent rivers of earth skyward.

Scenes of devastation, with crumpled buildings sticking up from heaps of brown mud which stretched out across the edge of the industrial park. The mud had covered an area of more than 60,000 square   and was six metres deep in parts, state media said.

“Hundreds of rescuers were sifting through rubble looking for survivors after the landslide left everything covered in mud, leaving only a surface of yellow sand visible,” Xinhua news agency said. The Ministry of Land Resources blamed the landslide on a mountain of waste construction mud in the vicinity.


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