China landslide: Many missing after buildings collapse in Shenzhen

Emergency services are searching for survivors after a landslide caused buildings to collapse in China’s Guangdong Province. Four people have been rescued after the avalanche at an industrial park buried around 20 structures over an area of 10,000 square metres.

Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

About 900 people were evacuated, and four were pulled from rubble with minor or no injuries, the local government said. No fatalities have been reported.

Shenzhen’s fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people – state media say 59 remain missing.

Two workers’ dormitories are among the affected buildings.

The city is one of China’s biggest and is a major industrial centre.

An aerial view shows the site of a landslide at an industrial park in ShenzheImage Source and copyright Reuters
Rescuers search for survivors on a collapsed building following a landslide in Shenzhen, in south ChinaImage Source and copyright AP

State media quoted officials as saying 36 men and 23 women were missing and that “signs of life” had been detected at three separate locations.

An area of 20,000 sq m (24,000 square yards) was covered with soil, the Public Security Bureau’s firefighting bureau said.

The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted a local worker as saying he saw “red earth and mud running towards the company building”.

Another resident living around 4km (2.5 miles) from the site described hearing a “loud explosion” at around noon as the landslide hit.

Ren Jiguang, the deputy chief of Shenzhen’s public security bureau, told state broadcaster CCTV that most people had been moved to safety before the landslide hit.