11 Arrested Over Shenzhen Landslide

11 Arrested Over Shenzhen Landslide11 Arrested Over Shenzhen Landslide

Chinese authorities cast a wide net in arresting 11 people in connection with last month’s deadly landslide in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen and charged them with negligently causing a serious accident.

The government has blamed breaches of construction safety rules for the disaster on December 20, when a dump overflowed and engulfed 33 buildings. It has started an investigation, AP reported.

At least 12 people have been confirmed dead while 62 are missing, state news agency Xinhua said.

Prosecutors in Shenzhen say a dispatcher and supervisor of the landfill, the chief and deputy manager of a company in charge of the landfill, and seven other people were arrested.

Others also arrested include a legal representative and a deputy general manager of Shenzhen Yixianglong Investment Development, which ran the dump, and officials who were supposed to be supervising it, according to the Shenzhen prosecutor.

They have been charged with the crime of negligently causing a serious accident, and the prosecutor has urged the police to track down other suspects as soon as possible.

Calls to Shenzhen Yixianglong seeking comment went unanswered.