China: Death toll from collapsed buildings rises to 22

11th Oct 2016
China: Death toll from collapsed buildings rises to 22

By Mahmut Atanur

 

BEIJING (AA) – The death toll from the collapse of four residential buildings in an industrial district of the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang has risen to 22.

State news agency Xinhua reported that rescuers pulled six survivors from the rubble by the time their search was wrapped up at around 1 a.m. Tuesday (1700GMT Monday) in Wenzhou City.

They are in hospital in stable condition.

Around 800 rescuers were involved in search efforts launched after the multiple-story buildings collapsed early Monday morning in Lucheng district.

According to authorities, the structures were reportedly built by villagers.

Rescuers have been demolishing five adjacent houses “to avoid secondary disasters”.

Xinhua had earlier quoted Zhou Liqiang, a resident who has been living in the area for more than a decade, as saying that most of the victims are migrant workers.

An investigation into the collapse of the buildings is ongoing.

[Map of China showing Zhejiang. Map GNU Free Documentation License/Wikimedia]

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