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More Than 90 Reported Missing in Landslide in China

Firefighters search for landslide survivors among debris of destroyed buildings in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, December 21, 2015. (REUTERS)
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Officials in China say 91 people are missing after a landslide in the southern city of Shenzhen Sunday morning.

The Ministry of Land and Resources said heavy rain soaked a 100-meter tall pile of construction waste and dirt. The pile was too big and too tall, which caused “instability and collapse.”

Witnesses say huge waves of mud swept into the area. Thirty-three buildings were destroyed or damaged. They include 14 factories, two office buildings and three buildings where workers lived. More than 1,500 emergency workers are searching for survivors.

The landslide also caused an explosion at a natural gas pipeline in the area.

The country’s official news agency Xinhua says 59 men and 32 women are missing. About 900 people were removed from the area before the landslide happened.

Shenzhen is in Guangdong province, near the border with Hong Kong.

I’m Anna Matteo. reported this story. Christopher Jones-Cruise adapted it for VOA Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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Words in This Story

mud – n. soft, wet dirt

pile – n. a group of things that are put one on top of another

soaked – adj. made completely wet by water or another liquid