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Chinese landslide buries buildings, 91 reported missing

At least 91 people were missing Monday, a day after a massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. No deaths have been reported, but the number of missing has climbed from 27.

Area of more than 6 hectares was covered with up to 6 metres of mud, no deaths confirmed yet

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  • List of missing climbs to 91 from 27, though no deaths reported as yet

At least 91 people were missing Monday, a day after a massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The official Xinhua news Agency said the landslide buried 33 buildings in the industrial park in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing centre in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong.

Xinhua said that as of Monday morning 59 men and 32 women were missing in the landslide.

Rescuers use a sniffer dog as they search for survivors among collapsed buildings in in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province late Sunday. The landslide collapsed and buried buildings, leaving many missing, authorities said. (Color China Photo via AP)
Shenzhen's public security bureau posted a notice online Monday saying that at least 59 people were missing. No deaths have been reported.

Xinhua said an area of more than six hectares were covered with up to six metres of mud, according to geological experts at the site.

Li Yikang, the deputy secretary general of the Shenzhen city government, said at a televised news conference that more than 900 people had been evacuated. He said that nearly 1,500 people were involved in rescue efforts.

Six hectares of land were buried under as much as six metres of mud when the landslide inundated Shenzhen. (Chinatopix/Associated Press)

State broadcaster China Central Television, or CCTV, said that there was a residential area next to the industrial zone, and that the buildings buried included two workers' dormitories.

Ren Jiguang, the deputy chief of Shenzhen's public security bureau, told CCTV that most people had been moved to safety before the landslide hit.

The Beijing Youth Daily, citing a local resident, reported that the soil that slid down on to the area had been piled up against a 100-metre-high hill after being dug up in the past two years during construction work.

State media carried photos of what looked like at least one five-storey building leaning over and partly crumpled in the industrial park, and a sea of brown soil covering a vast area around it.

Rescuers search for survivors in a damaged building following a landslide in Shenzhen, in south China's Guangdong province on Sunday. (Chinatopix via AP)

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