CRI在线收听:Landslide Survivor in Stable Condition after Surgery, Rescue Continues

The survivor Tian Zeming had been buried for 67 hours after the landslide hit an industrial park in south China's Shenzhen City on Sunday.

After detecting signs of life at around 3:30 am, rescuers successfully rescued Tian just over three hours later.

Armed police officer Wang Yongxing is one of the rescuers who pulled Tian out of the debris.

"Since it is a four storied steel concrete building, its structure is very complex after the collapse. To avoid secondary injury to the survivor and ensure the safety of rescuers, we can't be too careful."

Tian left the operation room at around 11:20 local time, after a three-hour procedure to remove damaged tissue.

He was then sent to a ward at the Shenzhen Guangming hospital of Guangdong Province.

President of the hospital, Wang Guangming, gave details of Tian's condition.

"The victim, Tian, is 21 years old. He was brought to the hospital by ambulance at 06:53. The victim is extremely weak, suffering from severe dehydration and with multiple injuries. Soft tissue injuries and fractures can be found on his body. Severe crush injury and cutaneous necrosis can be found on his right lower limb."

Tian, a migrant worker from southwest China's Chongqing, was able to speak when found.

He reportedly told rescuers that one of his co-workers remained trapped under deep rubble. The rescuers found a dead body near the place where they found Tian, but haven't confirmed the identity of the victim.

Gao Cunyi with the Guangdong public security and fire control authority said they have found several areas with signs of life among the 14 buildings which were engulfed.

"We have found four spots with signs of life at this time. At one spot we found survivor Tian, at another we found a dog which was still alive, and at a third spot we just found a water tank. Now we're continuing to dig at the remaining spot, but the signs of life are weakening and have almost faded. But, we haven't given up yet."

Residents and workers at the industrial park who escaped from the tragedy have also been helping the rescuers locate possible locations where their family members and colleagues may be buried.

Deputy leader of the third armed police traffic brigade, Chen Lijin, said the glutinous mud poses a great challenge to the rescue work.

"The mud is muck transferred here. Having been soaked in rain, it becomes very glutinous and difficult for machines to operate in. So it is difficult to dig it, and our equipment falls in it, so it's very difficult."

Despite the difficulties, rescue efforts are still underway and the excavation has been expanded.

China's cabinet has set up an investigation team to look into the causes of the landslide.

For CRI, this is Qian Shanming.

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