De­tails emerge in story of girl’s sur­vival af­ter col­lapse

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By SHI XIAOFENG in Hangzhou shixf@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Six sur­vivors, in­clud­ing a 3-year-old girl, were sent to three lo­cal hos­pi­tals af­ter a weak res­i­den­tial build­ing col­lapsed in the Lucheng dis­trict of Wen­zhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

The girl was found alive at 6:20 pm on Mon­day, af­ter be­ing buried for 14 hours.

Her par­ents, who both died, lay above her. The fa­ther’s body was hold­ing up a 1-me­ter-wide, 20-cen­time­ter-thick piece of con­crete. That pro­vided enough space for the girl to sur­vive, said Sun Jing, one of the res­cuers.

Res­cue teams re­moved rub­ble by hand for 20 min­utes to ex­tract the girl, clean­ing her face and cov­er­ing her face with an oxy­gen mask.

“When I picked her up from the rub­ble, she sud­denly grabbed my arm tightly. That touched me. I com­forted her and con­tin­ued to talk to her,” Sun said.

The girl re­gained con­scious­ness in the hospi­tal and told the nurse that her name is Tong Tong.

The search for miss­ing peo­ple buried un­der the de­bris was com­pleted early on Tues­day, with 22 peo­ple con­firmed dead, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said at a news brief­ing. Sun Jing, Most of them iden­ti­fied.

Res­cue op­er­a­tions con­cluded at about 1 am on Tues­day. Twenty-eight peo­ple have been had been pulled from the de­bris, but only six sur­vived.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang Chong­min, the Lucheng dis­trict chief, the poor qual­ity of the foun­da­tion was re­spon­si­ble for the dis­as­ter.

“Th­ese six-story houses were built by lo­cal peas­ants in the 1980s,” he said, “The weak foun­da­tion couldn’t hold.”

“We have pulled down five other sim­i­lar build­ings to avoid po­ten­tial dan­ger,” Zhang added.

Zhang Geng, mayor of Wen­zhou city, told re­porters at the brief­ing that the city gov­ern­ment is look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of de­mol­ish­ing a num­ber of build­ings.

“We also plan to speed up ur­ban vil­lage re­con­struc­tion to elim­i­nate hid­den trou­ble,” Zhang said.

When I picked her up from the rub­ble, she sud­denly grabbed my arm tightly.” res­cuer • Com­ment Com­ment

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