At least 14 killed in Chinese construction site landslide

Rescuers are working on the scene of a landslide that killed at least 14 people in Bijie, in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou, on January 4, 2022. CNS / AFP

A landslide at a construction site in southwest China’s Guizhou Province has killed at least 14 people, state media reported.

Workers were building a training center for a hospital around the time of Monday night’s landslide in the town of Bijie. The mountainous hinterland of Guizhou is one of the least developed regions in China.

Rescuers recovered 14 bodies, as well as three injured people, the cause of the crash “still under investigation,” the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

More than 1,000 people joined the rescue effort overnight, Xinhua said. Rescue operations are “over”, the three injured are currently in stable condition.

Photos released by state media showed rescue teams working the night under floodlights, with masses of debris and crushed machinery visible.

Construction and industrial accidents are not uncommon in China, often due to short cuts, lax safety standards and dilapidated infrastructure.

In December, two workers were killed and 20 rescued from a flooded coal mine in Shanxi province.

In July, 14 workers died in southern China’s Guangdong province after a tunnel they were building was flooded.

Among China’s worst accidents, there was a massive explosion in 2015 at a chemicals warehouse in the port city of Tianjin that killed 173 people, most of them firefighters and police.

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