News of at least 14 people killed in landslide at construction site in China

The accident in southwestern Guizhou also injured three other people.

According to official media reports, a landslide at a construction site in Guizhou Province in southwestern China has killed at least 14 people.

Workers were building a training facility for a hospital when a landslide occurred in Bijie City on Monday night. The inland mountainous area of ​​Guizhou is one of the least developed areas in China.

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, rescuers have found 14 bodies and 3 injured persons, and the cause of the accident is “still under investigation.”

Xinhua News Agency said that more than 1,000 people participated in the rescue operation overnight. Rescue work has been “completed” and the three injured are in stable condition.

The photos released by the official media show that rescuers were working through the night under floodlights, and a large number of debris and broken machinery were visible.

Construction and industrial accidents are not uncommon in China and are usually caused by management staff cutting corners, lax safety standards, and aging infrastructure.

In December last year, two workers were killed in a flooded coal mine in Shanxi Province and another 20 people were rescued.

In July, in Guangdong Province in southern China, 14 workers died after a tunnel they built was submerged by floods.

One of the most serious accidents in China was a large-scale explosion in a chemical warehouse in the port city of Tianjin in 2015, killing 173 people, most of them firefighters and police.