Dozens of people are missing after a massive landslide engulfed 22 buildings in one of China’s major industrial centres.
Witnesses described a mass of red earth and mud racing towards the park in the southern industrial city of Shenzhen, on Sunday, burying or crushing factories and workers’ dormitories.
About 900 people were evacuated, and four were pulled from rubble with minor or no injuries. No fatalities have been reported but state media say as many as 59 remain missing – two workers’ dormitories are among the buildings destroyed by the landslide.
An estimated area of 20,000 sq m was covered with soil, the Public Security Bureau’s firefighting bureau said.
A local worker told the state-run Xinhua news agency that he saw “red earth and mud running towards the company building”.
About 1500 firefighters are at the site assisting in the rescue operation.
The cause of the slide is unclear.