A total of 59 people went missing by 11 p.m., after a landslide buried 33 buildings in an industrial park in Shenzhen city of south China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday, according to local authorities.
The missing include 36 male and 23 female, Yang Feng, an official with Shenzhen’s emergency management office, told reporters on Sunday night.
Three people were injured in the disaster, according to officials from the rescue headquarters.
The headquarters said they have detected signs of life at three separate locations of the site.
Rescuers are battling unfavorable geological conditions to save those trapped under mud, after the landslide struck the Hengtaiyu industrial park at around 11:40 a.m., leaving more than 100,000 square meters of debris at the site.
The park is located in the Guangming New District in northwestern Shenzhen. A nearby section of the West-to-East natural gas pipeline exploded as the landslide hit the area.
“The site is quite narrow and is located on a ramp, so it is very difficult for vehicles to enter,” said Ao Zhuoqian with Shenzhen’s fire control department. “We have to go there on foot.”
Rescue efforts are currently hampered by a spate of obstacles, including rain, low nighttime visibility and the large amount of mud, Ao said.