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Chinese leaders order immediate rescue following massive landslide

Updated: Dec 21,2015 8:44 AM     Xinhua

Photo taken on Dec 20, 2015 shows the landslide site of an industrial park in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Chinese leaders have ordered immediate rescue efforts after a massive landslide hit an industrial park in Shenzhen city of South China’s Guangdong province.

A total of 76 people are missing as of 2:30 pm on Dec 22, according to rescuers. Around 900 people had been evacuated as of 5 pm on Dec 20.

President Xi Jinping ordered Guangdong and Shenzhen authorities to do everything possible to minimize casualties, treat the injured and comfort the family members of the victims. He said scientific rescue efforts are needed to prevent further damages.

Premier Li Keqiang urged the Ministry of Land and Resources and other central authorities to send officials to help the local government in its rescue efforts. He ordered investigations into the cause of the disaster.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, has sent a working group to Shenzhen to help coordinate rescue efforts. Guangdong and Shenzhen officials are already at the site.

Photo taken on Dec 20, 2015 shows the landslide site of an industrial park in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescuers work at the landslide site of an industrial park in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province, Dec 20, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

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