Construction waste landslides leave 85 missing in China

Just under 100 people are missing and feared dead in China

A landslide, caused by a 100m high pile of construction waste, buried 33 buildings. At least 85 people, down from 91, have been reported as missing, said government authorities.

The landslide covered 380,000 square meters, some areas buried in up to 10m of mud waste. Gas pipelines in the area were also affected as the West-to-East pipeline ruptured, stopping the supply of gas to Hong Kong.

A huge economic boom in Shenzhen meant construction waste had been deposited there for two years. It was due to be shut 10 months ago however there was continued use.

China’s premier, Li Keqiang, has ordered an investigation into Sunday’s landslide and many questions have already been raised in respect to the countries frequency of industrial accidents.

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