Scores missing after China waste spill

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Rescue crews work into the night to find survivors of a giant flow of mud and construction waste that buried 33 buildings in Shenzhen, China. Rough Cut-subtitled (no reporter narration).

Scores missing after China waste spill


At least 85 people were missing in China on Monday (December 21) a day after a giant flow of mud and construction waste spewed out of an overfull dump in a boomtown and buried 33 buildings in its latest industrial disaster.

The site should have been closed in February, but workers said mud and waste had continued to be dumped there, a news portal run by authorities in the southern city of Shenzhen said.

Premier Li Keqiang ordered an investigation into Sunday’s landslide in the city, just across the border from Hong Kong.

The mudslide smashed into multi-storey buildings at the Hengtaiyu industrial park in the Guangming New District, toppling them within seconds in collisions that sent rivers of earth skyward.

Some evacuees being sheltered in a local sports centre described what they saw when the disaster struck.

“There were some children sleeping at the time, some people were eating when they were buried,” said Win Jingke, an 18-year-old factory worker.

The frequency of industrial accidents has raised questions about safety standards after three decades of breakneck growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Just four months ago, more than 160 people were killed in big chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin.

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