Authority urges evacuation of landslide site in southern China

Updated: 2015-12-23 19:54


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BEIJING - Shenzhen city government was ordered to evacuate an industrial park in the southern city after a waste heap collapsed and buried dozens of people, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday.

The displaced should be resettled in safe places, said Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Dou Yupei, calling on local civil affairs departments to go door-to-door to check up the wellbeing of those in need.

Social workers and volunteers have been asked to offer counseling to the victims, including relatives of the dead and missing, to help them come to terms with the trauma.

The ministry also pledged the respectful handling of the deceased.

The landslide happened just before noon on Sunday. By Wednesday afternoon, only one person had been rescued, two were pronounced dead at the scene while more than 70 remain missing, many of them migrant workers.