At least 91 people were missing after a landslide swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and triggered a leak from a pipeline that supplies natural gas to Hong Kong, Chinese state media reported.
Some 33 buildings were damaged or covered with earth, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The landslide occurred in the Liuxi Industrial Park in a northwestern section of the city on Sunday. The Ministry of Land and Resources said Monday an initial investigation showed the landslide was caused by a mound of mud and construction waste rather than a natural disaster.
A branch of PetroChina Co.’s East West Gas Pipeline linking Shenzhen with Guangzhou leaked following the accident, China Central Television said on its official microblog on Monday. The pipeline supplies southern China and Hong Kong with natural gas from Turkmenistan. Images purportedly from the scene showed firefighters digging through fields of mud and picking their way among collapsed concrete buildings.
PetroChina’s Beijing-based spokesman Mao Zefeng didn’t answer calls to his office and mobile phones seeking comment and didn’t immediately respond to a text message.
CLP Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong electricity supplier, said it was informed by PetroChina that one natural gas pipeline was damaged as a result of the landslide, according to an e-mailed statement. CLP has a contingency plan and power supplies to the city aren’t affected.
The damaged section of the pipeline has been emptied of gas and no blast occurred, CCTV reported.
PetroChina has started constructing a temporary facility, Xinhua said.