Landslide buries 33 buildings leaving more than 90 people missing, Shenzhen, China


A massive landslide hit an industrial park in Shenzhen city of south China's Guangdong Province on Sunday, December 20, 2015, leaving at least 91 people missing. 

According to Xinhua, police received the report of the landslide at 11:40 (local time) which took place in the Liuxi Industrial Park in Guangming New District in the northwest part of the city. "More than 700 people are searching in debris for life. Rescuers have brought eight people to safety, one of them suffered minor injuries."

About 900 people have been evacuated, the local government said.

According to the Ministry of Public Security's firefighting bureau statement, 18 buildings were buried, and an area of 20 000 square meters (24 000 square yards) was covered with soil.

Li Yikand, the deputy secretary general of the Shenzhen city government, said that 22 factory buildings buried, involving 15 companies.

Shenzhen city landslide December 20, 2015. Image credit: Xinhua News Agency  (via Twitter)

Shenzhen city landslide December 20, 2015. Image credit: Xinhua News Agency  (via Twitter)

The soil that came loose had been dug up in the past two years in construction work and was piled up nearby, local media reported.

A statement on Weibo from the Shenzhen municipal government said the landslide had also triggered an explosion at a nearby gas station.

Update, December 21, 2015:

Media reports on December 21 mention 91 missing. The official number of missing stands at 85, as of late afternoon (local time) on December 21.

Authorities say the disaster was caused by the collapse of a huge mound of soil and construction waste.

The number of reported buildings destroyed rose from 22 to 33. They include 14 factories, two offices and three dormitories.

According to Xinhua, the landslide deposited more than 100 000 square meters (1.1 million square feet) of debris at the site. A sea of brown soil – with an average thickness of six meters (20 feet) – has covered an area of more than 60 000 square meters, geological experts told Xinhua.

The Ministry of Land and Resources said Sunday evening the mound of construction waste that collapsed had become too large and its angles too steep.

According to Quartz: "A local company called Lvwei Property Management built the dump area at the site of a stone quarry, and has managed it since 2013. It seems the company knew that landslides were a risk, judging by its January 2015 environmental assessment report. The report, cited by Beijing News, shows the site suffered from soil erosion, and that it was meant to be temporary, with a service term of 11 years. Both the entrance and exit of the dump area face the stricken industrial district, which includes housing for workers."

Premier Li Keqiang ordered an official investigation into the disaster.

Featured image: Shenzhen city landslide December 20, 2015. Credit: Xinhua News Agency (via Twitter)

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  1. Hard times for all who lost their close ones, homes, and livelihoods; my condolence.

    Again devastation spreads upon the globe, now landslide and no-one is safe. This is what God decreed long ago in the Holy Bible, Isaiah 24:1-6 and in short; all are affected, humans and animals. Why? Have we done something badly wrong since God is angry on us?

    “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.” Deuteronomy 11:26-28

    The blessing if obey the commandments of God and curse if disobey and follow other gods. Two alternatives and very easy to be discerned; we have chosen the Curse and all time getting worse.

    “Therefore, a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore, earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.” Isaiah 24:6

    Humanity is on the edge! It is up to us how many will be left in seeing the blessings of God flowing upon earth instead of flowing water and fire (wars).

    Would the world’s wise men or religions bring the help?

    “who (Lord God) foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,” Isaiah 44:25

    Current leaders of the world and religions will be put to nonsense and shame with their agendas and doctrines.

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