An assessment of the damage
- Among the 33 collapsed buildings were 14 factory buildings, 3 workers' dormitories, 2 office buildings, 1 canteen and 13 low-rise buildings.
- A 400 meter long section of China's major West-East gas pipeline exploded.
- The pipeline was owned by PetroChina, China's top gas and oil producer.
- Xinhua reported that the ruptured pipe "has been emptied", and a temporary pipe would be constructed.
Mountain of construction waste responsible
- China's Ministry of Land Resources, after an investigation, blamed the landslide on a mountain of construction waste.
- The Weibo page of Shenzhen Tequ Bao, a local newspaper, reported that the mountain of waste was illegal but had been approved by local officials. The posts were later deleted.
- Locals said that trucks used to dump waste every day and ¥250 was charged per truck.
3,000 rescue workers look for signs of life
- According to China's official news agency, Xinhua, 3,000 rescue workers were at the site with drones and sniffer dogs.
- Signs of life were detected in three locations across the 15 acre area buried under mud.
- 4 people have been rescued so far and 900 people have been evacuated.
- A rescue command centre and 3 treatment shelters have been set up at the site.
Public criticism of lax government regulations
- Several recent disasters in China, including the landslide at Shenzhen, were caused by lax government regulations, leading to growing public criticism.
- A chemical depot exploded in Tianjin in August 2015, killing more than 170 people, while a building collapse in October killed 17.
- Weibo user "Tiger from Xinzhou", criticised the Chinese media saying, "Less talk about the leaders and more reports on the causes."
China's worst landslide in history
On 8th August 2010, a barrage of mud slid down a mountainside and into a town in China's northeastern Gansu province killing more than 1,471 people making it the worst landlside in China's history.
Landslide hits Shenzhen; 91 missing
21 Dec 2015
- A sea of earth, mud and construction waste crashed into an industrial district of the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen causing severe damage.
- Hundreds of people fled as 33 buildings were destroyed.
- 91 people are still missing as rescue operations continue.
- According to reports, the mud field covered an area of 15 acres and was 6 meters deep in some parts.
Shenzhen landslide: Safety violations the real culprit
26 Dec 2015
- Reports from the Chinese state media said that the landslide in Shenzen resulted from a "mountain of construction debris" due to safety violations and was not a natural disaster.
- The state investigation team said that those responsible for the accident "will be seriously punished in accordance with laws and regulations".
- 73 people are still missing while 4 bodies were pulled out of the debris.
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