After the deadly landslide of a man made mountain of dirt that buried 33 buildings in Shenzhen, companies involved and workers at the site say that flagrant violations of safety regulations made the landfill a ticking time bomb.

On December 20, a massive landslide occurred at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city. The ground under a dirt pile of about 100m (328 ft) collapsed, and a wave of dirt rushed over an area of over 60,000 sqm (645,000 sq ft), covering it in 6m (20 ft) of mud, according to geological experts talking to Xinhua.

By December 24, one survivor had been plucked from the wreckage, and seven bodies were retrieved. Another 76 are still missing, say local reports. Read more…

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Shenzhen landslide was a matter of time, firms say