Top 10 Worldwide Stories of the Year 2015
30 Dec 2015
6. Shenzhen Landslide
This landslide occurred at Shenzhen, China, on 20 December 2015. As of 28 December, 75 people are still missing, 7 persons are confirmed dead, and 16 are hospitalized. It has been reported that waste material generated from construction work elsewhere had been piled up in a former quarry over the past couple of years. The adjacent natural hill did not slide, according to a geological report issued by the Ministry of Land and Resources on 21 December, 2015 On 20 December 2015 at 11:40 am a pile of construction waste, stored on a hillside, slid down in an avalanche of mud and debris, destroying 33 buildings and covering an area greater than ten hectares (25 acres) in the Hengtaiyu Industrial Park, which is, administratively, under Guangming New District of Shenzhen. The landslide reportedly ruptured a nearby 400-metre (1,300 ft) section of the West-East Gas Pipeline and triggered an explosion which was heard about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) away. According to The New York Times, PetroChina stated that this was untrue, although Reuters subsequently reported that PetroChina announced its plan to lay a temporary gas pipeline to replace the damaged one.
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