China's landslide disaster a man made tragedy, reveals probe

Beijing: The massive landslide in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzen which killed at least four people and left dozens missing was a man made tragedy and not a geological disaster, official investigation said today.

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

Rescuers are still searching the massive pile of mud for the 75 missing persons while four persons have been confirmed dead. One person has been pulled out alive by the rescuers.

"Those responsible for the incident will be seriously punished in accordance with laws and regulations," an official statement said.

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.

The landslide has also affected more than 4,600 workers in 90 factories and workshops, including 34 plants which were buried or damaged by mud and waste.

A nearby section of the West-to-East natural gas pipeline exploded after the landslide struck the Hengtaiyu industrial park on December 20, causing more than 100,000 square meters of debris.

An official company of a dumpsite was blamed for the disaster and one of its official has been detained for questioning.

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