Ninety-one reported missing in southern China after landslide and gas explosion
21 December 2015
On December 20 a landslide enveloped an industrial park in southern China, burying more than 30 buildings in a sea of mud, triggering a gas explosion and leaving 91 people missing, Chinese state media reported. The landslide ruptured a natural gas pipeline and triggered an explosion at the Hengtaiyu industrial park in the city of Shenzhen which was heard about 4km away, Xinhua said.
Shenzhen’s public security bureau said at least 59 people were missing but Xinhua said that as of December 21, 59 men and 32 women were unaccounted for. The debris covered more than 10 hectares and 1,500 emergency workers are involved in the rescue with up to 100 fire engines, sniffer dogs, drones and other equipment.
At least 13 people were hospitalised, three of them in serious condition, state-run CCTV said.
About 900 people were moved out of harm’s way before the landslide struck late in the morning in the city, which borders Hong Kong, according to the Shenzhen Evening News newspaper.
The landslide buried 33 residential and industrial buildings, including two worker dormitories, CCTV said.