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Chinese leaders order immediate rescue following massive landslide

BEIJING, (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have ordered immediate rescue efforts after a massive landslide hit an industrial park in Shenzhen city of south China’s Guangdong Province.

Three people were injured and 27 remain missing after the landslide buried 22 residential and industrial buildings in the Hengtaiyu Industrial Park on Sunday.

Xi ordered Guangdong and Shenzhen authorities to do everything possible to minimize casualties, treat the injured and comfort the family members of the victims. He said scientific rescue efforts are needed to prevent further damages.

Li urged the ministry of land and resources and other central authorities to send officials to help the local government in its rescue efforts.He ordered investigations into the cause of the disaster.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, has sent a working group to Shenzhen to help coordinate rescue efforts. Guangdong and Shenzhen officials are already at the site.

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