Official in China city hit by deadly landslide kills himself

Published: Monday 28th December 2015 by The News Editor

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A Chinese local government official has killed himself a week after a landslide from a pile-up of construction waste in his city left scores missing and presumed dead.

Shenzhen Police said the head of the Urban Management Bureau in the city’s Guangming New District jumped to his death from a building on Sunday.

The official was identified only by his surname, Xu. No further details were given.

In the December 20 disaster, a mountain of construction waste collapsed amid heavy rains onto an industrial park in Guangming New District, killing one person and leaving 75 missing and presumed dead.

In a rare move, Shenzhen’s senior officials, including the city’s Communist Party chief and its mayor, bowed deeply at a news conference to apologise.

Published: Monday 28th December 2015 by The News Editor

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