Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Landslide in China Buries Buildings; 59 Missing

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Landslide in China Buries Buildings; 59 Missing

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BEIJING - At least 59 people were missing today, a day after a massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. The official Xinhua news Agency said the landslide buried 33 buildings in the industrial park in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing center in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong.

Shenzhen's public security bureau posted a notice online today saying that at least 59 people were missing. No deaths were reported.

Xinhua said an area of more than 650,000 square feet was covered with up to 20 feet of mud, according to geological experts at the site.

Li Yikang, the deputy secretary general of the Shenzhen city government, said at a televised news conference that more than 900 people had been evacuated. He said that nearly 1,500 people were involved in rescue efforts. …

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