China building collapse, one person killed

(APTN)

The seventh victim was pulled out from the rubble of a residential building that collapsed in the city of Fenghua in east China’s Zhejiang Province.

By around 18:00 on Friday, all seven victims positioned by the life-detecting devices had been pulled out of the rubble.

Of the six victims pulled out earlier by the rescuers, one is dead and five others have been receiving treatment in a local hospital.

Part of the five-storey building, or 15 out of its total of 40 apartments, in a residential quarter of Fenghua collapsed at around 09:00, said Zhuo Houjia, a deputy mayor of Fenghua.

During a citywide safety inspection late last year, the building was identified as a dangerous one, which resulted in a planned reinforcement, but was not enough to call for an evacuation, according to Zhuo.

Hundreds of rescuers, including armed police, firefighters and a professional rescue team, joined the operation.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

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