Shenzhen landslide a man-made event, not geological disaster

Beijing, Dec 26 (IANS) A landslide that has left dozens missing in south China’s Shenzhen City was a work safety incident, not a geological disaster, a State Council investigation team confirmed on Friday.

The tragedy was caused by the collapse of a huge pile of construction waste, rather than any natural geological phenomenon, Xinhua quoted the investigation team as saying .

The State Administration of Work Safety will lead an investigation into the accident.

“The investigation will start immediately. Those responsible for the incident will be seriously punished in accordance with laws and regulations,” said the statement.

On Sunday, construction waste collapsed on Hengtaiyu industrial park in Guangming New District in Shenzhen, covering an area of 380,000 square meters, burying or damaging 33 buildings.

So far, one person has been rescued and four bodies found. There are still 75 people unaccounted for.

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