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SPP investigates Shenzhen landslide

By Xinhua
SPP investigates Shenzhen landslide
Rescuers mourn for the victims at the landslide site at an industrial park in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, Dec 26, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING -- The Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Saturday announced that it would investigate the landslide in south China's Shenzhen for suspected malpractice crimes involved.

Prosecutors from both the SPP and the local procuratorate of Guangdong will form a special team to investigate the incident, the SPP said in a statement.

The prosecutors will also work with the State Council investigation team to seriously deal with possible duty-related crimes in the case, such as misuse of power, dereliction of duty and bending the law for personal interests, it said.

The SPP pledged to bring the offenders behind the incident to justice and make further efforts to ensure work safety.

The State Council investigation team confirmed Friday that the landslide in Shenzhen that has left dozens missing was a work safety incident, not a geological disaster.

The tragedy was caused by the collapse of a huge pile of construction waste, rather than any natural geological phenomenon, according to the State Council team.

Rescuers and officials on Saturday mourned those who died in the landslide. Saturday is the seventh day since the tragedy, and the mourning ritual was held in line with the Chinese tradition.

So far only one man has been pulled from the debris. The death toll is confirmed at seven, with 75 still unaccounted for. Rescue work continues although their chance of survival dims with time.

"I hope the dead can rest in peace. I also hope this brings some comfort to the families of the missing," a rescuer said.

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