China landslide: Shenzhen official jumps to death, say police

A local official in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has apparently killed himself, days after a landslide there buried dozens of people.

Police said the man who fell off an apartment block on Sunday night was the former head of the local Urban Administrative Bureau.

He is thought to have authorised the landfill site that collapsed.

It is the third recent case in China where officials appear to have killed themselves after industrial disasters.

The 20 December landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the city, one of China's biggest and a major industrial centre.

More than 70 people were buried and are still unaccounted for. An official investigation is under way.



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