A landslide at a site of construction in Guizhou province, southwest of China, left at least 14 people deadstate media reported.
Workers were building a training center for a hospital at the time of the landslide Monday night in the town of Bijie. The mountainous interior of Guizhou is one of the least developed regions of China.
Rescue teams have found 14 bodies, as well as three injured people, with the cause of the accident “still under investigation,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.
All 3 injured are stable after landslide
More than 1,000 people joined the overnight rescue effort, Xinhua said. Rescue work has been “completed” and the three injured are currently in stable condition after the landslide.
AmericanPost.News reports that photos released by state media showed rescue teams working at night under floodlights, with masses of debris and crushed machinery visible.
Construction accidents are common in China
Industrial and construction accidents are not uncommon in China, often due to managers cutting corners, lax safety standards, and deteriorating infrastructure.
In December, two workers died and another 20 were rescued from a flooded coal mine in Shanxi province. In July, 14 workers died in southern China’s Guangdong province after a tunnel they were building flooded.
Among the worst accidents in China is a massive explosion in 2015 at a chemical warehouse in the port city of Tianjin that killed 173 people, most of them firefighters and police officers.
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