Search for missing in Chinese landslide

The Shenzen public security bureau says most people had been moved before the landslide hit (Supplied)
The Shenzen public security bureau says most people had been moved before the landslide hit (Supplied)

Dozens are missing following a landslide in the southern Chinese city of Shenzen which has covered 22 buildings.

No one is reported dead following the landslide, though around 900 people were evacuated and four were pulled from the rubble with minor injuries, BBC reports.

The city's fire brigade says it is working to free other trapped people, with state media saying 59 people have been reported missing.

Of those missing, 36 are men and the rest are women.

Among the buildings in the industrial area engulfed in earth are two workers' dormitories.

Officials say "signs of life" have been detected in three separate locations across the 20,000sqkm covered in soil.

Firefighters look on as smoke rises from a damaged building in Shenzen (Reuters)

One worker who spoke to the state-run Xinhua news agency described seeing "red earth and mud running towards the company building".

Another person recalled a loud explosion as the landslide hit.

It has been reported the earth which came loose had been dug up in the past two years as part of construction work and was piled up nearby.

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