Rescuers pulled one body from a mountain of rubble on Tuesday after working through the night with drones and heavy machinery in search of more than 80 people missing since a giant flow of mud and construction waste engulfed buildings in southern China.
The body recovered from the sea of mud and debris early on Tuesday was the first confirmed casualty since the landslide swallowed 33 buildings in the Hengtaiyu industrial park in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Rescue workers scoured through the 380,000 sq m (94 acres) site lit up with floodlights, photos on social media showed, using heavy diggers to reach possible survivors trapped under mud up to 10 meters (33 feet) deep.
Excavators worked over just a small patch of the vast stretch of red earth and debris, digging away amid the crumpled shells of buildings and vehicles, a Reuters witness said.
Rescue dogs roamed over the site looking for survivors, while curious bystanders stood at the fringes.