by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Dec 20, 2015
A landslide which swept through an industrial park in southern China buried more than 30 buildings in a sea of mud, left 59 people missing and triggered a gas explosion on Sunday, state media reported.
Witnesses described a mass of red earth and mud racing towards the park in the city of Shenzhen before burying or crushing homes and factories, twisting some of them into grotesque shapes.
In its latest update late Sunday evening the official Xinhua news agency reported three injured and 59 still missing. It was unclear whether there had been any fatalities.
More than 1,500 emergency workers were involved in the rescue.
The slide ruptured a natural gas pipeline and triggered an explosion at the Hengtaiyu industrial park which was heard about four kilometres away, the agency said.
It said debris covered more than 10 hectares (25 acres).
About 900 people were moved out of harm's way before the landslide struck late in the morning in the city bordering Hong Kong, according to the Shenzhen Evening News newspaper.
The landslide buried 33 residential and industrial buildings including two worker dormitories, state broadcaster CCTV said. But it quoted Ren Jiguang, deputy chief of Shenzhen's public security bureau, as saying most people had been evacuated beforehand.
The cause of the slide was unclear. A video posted by Xinhua showed a massive dust cloud and piles of rubble where buildings once stood. Rescue helicopters were in operation near the scene.
"I saw red earth and mud running towards the company building," one local worker was quoted by Xinhua as saying.
"Fortunately, our building was not hit, and all people in our company were safely evacuated," the worker said, adding that a fishpond broke the full force of the landslide.
A woman surnamed Hu told the Shenzhen Evening News she saw her father buried by earth in his own truck.
"It's been hours after he was buried, and we are quite worried," she said.
President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang ordered immediate rescue efforts.
The State Council, or cabinet, sent a working group to coordinate rescue efforts, which involved almost 100 fire trucks plus sniffer dogs, drones and other equipment.
A landslide last month that engulfed 27 homes in rural Zhejiang province killed 38 people.
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|