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First body pulled from Shenzhen landslide, at least 81 still missing

Rescuers at the site of the Shenzhen landslide have pulled out the first body from the rubble. Efforts are being focussed on six main search areas

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First body pulled from Shenzhen landslide, at least 81 still missing

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Rescuers at the site of the Shenzhen landslide have pulled out the first body from the rubble.

Efforts are being focussed on six main search areas within the industrial district in southern China, as signs emerge that people are trapped alive beneath the debris.

At least 81 people are said to be missing after a man-made mountain of earth and construction waste collapsed on Sunday (December 20), engulfing 33 buildings.

Some 900 people were evacuated after the landslide triggered an explosion at a gas pipeline. Soil and rubble eventually swamped an area the size of around fifty football pitches.

It the fourth major disaster China has faced in 2015.