2 other man-made disasters in China

Smoke billowing behind rows of burnt out cars at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin, northern China on Aug 13, 2015.
Smoke billowing behind rows of burnt out cars at the site of a series of explosions in Tianjin, northern China on Aug 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

The landslide in Shenzhen is the third man-made disaster in China this year. Here is a recap of the other two:

TIANJIN EXPLOSIONS

Buildings were levelled and windows shattered kilometres away after two blasts in a chemical warehouse in the port city on Aug 12.

The cause of the explosions, which registered a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter scale, have not been determined. But Ruihai Logistics, which owned the warehouse in northern China, was found to have illegally stored combustible chemicals in the facility which was within 1km of a residential area.

 
 

Dangerous levels of highly toxic pollutants were detected at the site as rescue workers fanned out to pull out survivors - and later lifeless bodies - from under the debris.

Rescue efforts ended a month later with a final death toll of 173 and eight declared missing.

SHANGHAI STAMPEDE

A New Year's eve countdown at Shanghai's iconic riverfront promenade, known as the Bund, on Dec 31 last year ended overnight with a stampede that killed 36 people, including a 12-year-old.

Investigators said the crush happened minutes before midnight as massive crowds trying to reach the Bund clashed with others trying to leave.

The police were blamed for underestimating the crowd size which was believed to have swelled to 310,000 people by midnight, the CNN reported.

In the wake of the tragedy, Shanghai authorities cut back on Chinese New Year celebrations and also limited the number of visitors at tourist spots.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline '2 other man-made disasters in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe