Chinese rescuers recover 73 bodies at landslide site

Chinese rescuers recover 73 bodies one month after they went missing in deadly landslide area

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Excavators work at the site to search for landslide survivors among debris of destroyed buildings in Shenzhen, in the Guangdong Province

Rescuers on Thursday recovered the bodies of 73 people, who went missing in the deadly landslide, which had engulfed 33 buildings at an industrial park in a southern Shenzhen city on December 20, 2015.

The corpses were removed after 40 days of digging.

Four other people are still believed to be missing, Internet Information Office of the Shenzhen municipal government said.

Yet it is hard to figure the exact number of missing people, since many people working in the industrial area are thought to be migrants, often unregistered, workers from China’s poorer, inland provinces, CCTV reported from authorities.

Forty-two people, including government officials, who are accused of “failing to ensure safety management” have been arrested so far.

The 4,630 people living at the site have been resettled and the government will provide the families with compensation for their losses.

According to a State Council investigation, the incident was the result of work safety mismanagement, rather than a natural disaster.

TRTWorld and agencies