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Landslide in southern China leaves nearly a hundred missing

Nearly a hundred people are missing after a landslide buried buildings in the southern city of Shenzhen. The landslide also reportedly caused an explosion in a gas pipeline.

The landslide in Guangdong province on Sunday buried more than 30 buildings and left at least 91 people missing in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong.

Earlier reports by the state-run Xinhua news agency spoke of 41 people missing after the landslide, which hit the city's Liuxi Industrial Park, also causing the collapse of at least one building.

China Bergrutsch in Shenzhen

Some 700 rescuers are reported to be scouring the site for survivors

Xinhua said four people had so far been rescued from the rubble, three of whom had suffered slight injuries. It was unclear whether there had been any fatalities.

More than 1,000 rescuers were at the scene looking for survivors. Local authorities said most residents had been evacuated from the buildings before the landslide hit.

The official broadcaster CCTV said a section of the major West-East natural gas pipeline also exploded.

A landslide last month in rural Zhejiang province killed 38 people after burying 27 homes.

tj/jlw (Reuters, dpa, AFP)

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