By NBC News
Updated: December 20, 2015 10:56 AM ET

A landslide collapsed and buried buildings at and around an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Sunday, leaving 27 people missing, authorities said.

At least seven people were rescued after 18 buildings were buried and an area of 24,000 square yards was covered with soil, the Ministry of Public Security’s firefighting bureau said in an online statement.

Shenzhen’s fire brigade said that one building had collapsed, but that the landslide had affected a large area in the northwestern outskirts of the city.

Li Yikang, the deputy secretary general of the Shenzhen city government, said at a televised news conference that at least 17 men and five women were missing.

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