91 missing from landslide that buries buildings in China



 Rescuers were searching Monday for at least 91 missing people a day after a mountain of excavated soil and construction waste buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency said the landslide buried or damaged 33 buildings in the industrial park in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing center in Guangdong Province across the border from Hong Kong that makes products used around the world ranging from cell phones to cars.
Aerial photos on the microblog of the Public Security Ministry’s Firefighting Bureau showed the area awash in a sea of red mud, with several buildings either knocked on their side or collapsed entirely. Posts on the microblog said mud had thoroughly infused many of the buildings, leaving the “room of survival extremely small.”
Just seven people were rescued overnight
and 13 overall were hospitalized, including three with life-threatening injuries, according to state broadcaster China Central Television, or CCTV, which cited rescue leaders.
Persistent rain fell in the area on Monday, although it wasn’t clear whether that was hampering rescue efforts.
Cellphone camera video of the noontime Sunday disaster run by CCTV showed the massive wall of debris slamming into the buildings and sending up huge plumes of dust. Details are beginning to emerge about the cause of the landslide, which authorities say covered an area of 100,000 square meters with up to six meters of mud.
The Ministry of Land and Resources said the debris originated with a steep, man-made mountain of dirt, cement chunks and other construction waste that had been piled up against a 100-meter-high hill over the past two years

CULLED FROM AP