One body was dug out around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning after dozens of people were buried in the landslide, which hit an industrial park in the Guangming district in Shenzhen on Sunday.
The number of missing people in the landslide was revised to 85 from 91 on Monday evening.
Including the armed forces, 2,906 rescuers are involved in the search at Hengtaiyu Industrial Park, supported by 406 special vehicles, 123 life detectors and 30 search dogs.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): LAI XIAOLIAN, Director, Shenzhen firefighter rescue
“Mudslide and landslide have torn down houses. The overlapping situations have complicated rescue work. It’s really hard for us to find signs of life. It’s also difficult for sniffer dogs to tell life signs at a depth of several meters under the debris.”
Workers are racing against time, as signs of life were still detectable under the debris on Monday.
With five excavators, rescuers were close to reaching the first floor of a buried office on Monday evening.
They used cutting machines to dismantle the concrete structure after a large pit was dug.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): YANG SHENGJUN, Head, Shenzhen Housing and Urban-Rural Dev’t Bureau
“We’ve organized excavations with large machinery and been working around the clock. We’ve opened four rescue channels, to ensure that all rescue machinery will get to the scene for rescue at an earlier time. We’ve also set up monitoring stations. Now the landslide is stable…”
Experts say rescue is difficult after such a rare and disastrous landslide.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): LIU GUONAN, Researcher, China Academy of Railway Sciences
“The landslide mass is too loose and aquiferous. People find it difficult to walk on the mass. Their feet will be sunken into the soil. It’s hard for vehicles to move on the surface, too. It is the first time that I have seen a landslide on such scale in my 30 years of work. And it’s also rare to see such secondary disaster triggered by the landslide…”