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Death toll rises to 58 in China waste-dump landslide

Excavators are used to dig through mud at the site of the landslide, which hit the Hengtaiyu, Liuxi and Dejicheng industrial parks, in Hongao village, Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province.

Excavators are used to dig through mud at the site of the landslide, which hit the Hengtaiyu, Liuxi and Dejicheng industrial parks, in Hongao village, Shenzhen city, south China’s Guangdong province.

Beijing [AP]

Chinese authorities say rescuers have dug out 58 bodies from a massive landslide at a construction waste dump in southern China on December 20.

The Shenzhen city government said on Wednesday that authorities have identified 52 of the 58 bodies and that another 25 people remain missing.

In the disaster, a mountain of construction waste that had been piled up against a hill collapsed during heavy rains onto an industrial park in Shenzhen. The city near Hong Kong makes products ranging from mobile phones to cars, and attracts workers from all parts of China.

Authorities have arrested 11 people on the charge of negligently causing a serious accident. City officials have bowed in public apology over the incident.

 


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