Mid­night land­slide leaves 40 miss­ing: Chi­nese author­i­ties

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Around 40 peo­ple were miss­ing in main­land China Wed­nes­day af­ter a land­slide buried the liv­ing quar­ters of a min­ing com­pany un­der 1 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of earth, lo­cal author­i­ties and state media said.

The del­uge shortly af­ter mid­night swal­lowed 15 em­ployee dor­mi­to­ries and three residential houses in Shanyang county, in the north­ern province of Shaanxi, an of­fi­cial at the county’s pro­pa­ganda of­fice told AFP.

Around 40 peo­ple were miss­ing, said the of­fi­cial, who de­clined to be named.

The state- run Xin­hua news agency said four peo­ple had been res­cued by mid-morn­ing and rushed to hos­pi­tal. Another 10 at the site had avoided be­ing trapped when the land­slide hit, it added.

Po­lice, fire­fight­ers, min­ing res­cuers and med­i­cal staff had been sent to the scene and res­i­dents in the area evac­u­ated, the county gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

The mine’s op­er­a­tor was iden­ti­fied by Xin­hua as Wuzhou min­ing com­pany, which ac­cord­ing to its par­ent com­pany is mainly a vanadium pro­ducer.

Sep­a­rately, an ac­ci­dent at a coal and gas mine on Tues­day night in the south­west­ern province of Guizhou killed 10 peo­ple, pro­vin­cial work safety author­i­ties said in a state­ment.

Res­cue ef­forts were un­der way, the state­ment Wed­nes­day said.

Xin­hua re­ported Wed­nes­day 56 min­ers left the shaft safely af­ter the ac­ci­dent, with five in­jured and three more still miss­ing.

China — the world’s largest pro­ducer of coal — is grap­pling to im­prove stan­dards in the sec­tor, where reg­u­la­tions are of­ten flouted and cor­rup­tion en­ables bosses to pur­sue prof­its at the cost of worker safety.

Ac­ci­dents in Chi­nese coal mines killed 931 peo­ple last year, a top work safety of­fi­cial said in March.

The of­fi­cial num­ber of min­ing fa­tal­i­ties is de­clin­ing but some rights groups ar­gue the ac­tual fig­ures are sig­nif­i­cantly higher due to un­der-re­port­ing.

The coun­try is also prone to land­slides, of­ten caused by floods but with lax man­age­ment of in­dus­trial sites some­times also a fac­tor.

In 2008, 277 peo­ple died in a mud­slide in the north­ern province of Shanxi af­ter an illegal min­ing waste reser­voir burst its banks fol­low­ing heavy rain.

A to­tal of 58 gov­ern­ment and com­pany of­fi­cials were con­victed over the dis­as­ter and sen­tenced to prison terms, some to life.

In 2013, a vast vol­ume of rock crashed down a moun­tain­side east of the Ti­betan cap­i­tal Lhasa, bury­ing 83 peo­ple in a minework­ers’ camp.

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