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Chinese police raid offices of firm in dump site disaster

December 20, 2015 5:14 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

Chinese authorities have raided the offices of a company at the center of a mudslide disaster that left 76 people missing, with police present at two of its premises on Tuesday and no signs of employees.

An evacuee rests in a shelter set up at a gymnasium near the industrial park hit by a landslide in Shenzhen
An evacuee rests in a shelter set up at a gymnasium near the industrial park hit by a landslide in Shenzhen

At least one body has been recovered from the rubble after a giant deluge of mud and construction waste from an overfull dump site buried 33 buildings at an industrial park in the southern boom town of Shenzhen Sunday.

It was the second major man-made disaster in China in four months — in August, at least 160 people were killed in massive chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin.

With growing worries about China’s industrial safety standards, Premier Li Keqiang ordered an investigation within hours into the mudslide in Shenzhen, a town that has boomed with China’s breakneck economic growth.

The dump site is being managed by a company called Shenzhen Yixianglong Investment Development. At its registered office, an apartment in a Shenzhen residential suburb, a Reuters reporter saw police taking pictures inside the room but was quickly warned away. Read More

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