Landslide at industrial park in China leaves 22 missing: Xinhua

AFP , Sunday 20 Dec 2015

China landslid
This image made from video released by China Central Television (CCTV) shows rescuers searching for survivors following a landslide in Shenzhen, in south China's Guangdong province, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 (Photo: AP)

A landslide at an industrial park in southern China buried more than 20 buildings and left 22 people missing on Sunday, state media reported, as more than 1,500 emergency workers searched the scene.

Rescuers pulled four people from the debris after the accident in the southern city of Shenzhen bordering Hong Kong, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

It said three of them suffered slight injuries while the fourth was unhurt.

It was unclear whether there had been any fatalities and Xinhua did not elaborate on the 22 people it said were missing. Earlier in the day the agency had reported 41 missing.

About 900 people were moved out of harm's way before the landslide struck late in the morning, according to the Shenzhen Evening News newspaper.

The landslide buried 22 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.

A landslide last month that engulfed 27 homes in rural Zhejiang province killed 38 people.

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