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China holds 53 people in investigation of deadly landslide

  • FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, government officials led by head of the rescue units look at the rescuers conducting search and rescue operation following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. China's Cabinet said Friday, July 15, 2016 that 53 people are in custody in an investigation into the landslide that killed 73 people and left four others missing last year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, government officials led by head of the rescue units look at the rescuers conducting search and rescue operation following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. China's Cabinet said Friday, July 15, 2016 that 53 people are in custody in an investigation into the landslide that killed 73 people and left four others missing last year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, rescuers search for potential survivors following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. China's Cabinet said Friday, July 15, 2016 that 53 people are in custody in an investigation into the landslide that killed 73 people and left four others missing last year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, file)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, rescuers search for potential survivors following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. China's Cabinet said Friday, July 15, 2016 that 53 people are in custody in an investigation into the landslide that killed 73 people and left four others missing last year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, file)  (The Associated Press)

A report by China's Cabinet says 53 people are in custody in an investigation into a landslide that killed 73 people and left four others missing in the southern city of Shenzhen last year.

The State Council's investigation report said Friday the landslide in which a mountain of construction waste that had been piled up against a hill collapsed during heavy rains onto an industrial park was an "extraordinarily serious production safety accident."

The report said the Dec. 20 landslide destroyed 33 buildings and resulted in "direct economic losses" of $132 million.

Shenzhen is a major manufacturing center, making everything from cellphones to cars, and it attracts workers from all parts of China.