China landslide: 22 buildings collapse in Shenzhen industrial park

December 20, 2015, 4:00pm


One building was seen leaning sharply to one side. Photo: AP

BBC News  

Some 22 buildings have collapsed in a landslide at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive 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. At least 27 remain missing.

Two workers' dormitories are among the affected buildings.

Shenzhen's public security bureau posted a notice online saying that eight hours after the landslide, 21 men and six women were unaccounted for, AP reports.

Some 1,500 firefighters are at the scene, the Guangming New Area Government said on its official page on the Sina Weibo micro-blogging site.

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

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

A landslide in the country's Zhejiang province in November killed at least 25 people.