Landslide part of China’s year of man-made disasters

December 21, 2015 12:10 PM

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— SHANGHAI STAMPEDE: About 30 minutes before midnight on Dec. 31, 2014, people were jostling to climb a viewing platform next to the Pu river on the scenic Bund promenade when the stampede started. The crush killed 36 people and injured 49, blemishing the image of China’s most prosperous and modern metropolis. Investigators found local police were unprepared to handle the size of the crowd, estimated at 300,000 people. The Communist Party boss, district police chief and a third local official in the Huangpu riverfront district were fired and disciplined for corruption.

— YANGTZE SINKING: The Eastern Star cruise ship capsized in severe winds on the Yangtze River, causing China’s worst shipwreck in more than 60 years. More than 440 people died in the June 1 disaster. Captain Zhang Shunwen was arrested after he was rescued from the river, with investigators looking i...

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