Death toll rises in res­i­den­tial build­ing col­lapse

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Twenty-two peo­ple have been con­firmed dead af­ter res­i­den­tial build­ings col­lapsed early Mon­day morn­ing in Wen­zhou City in east China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince. The dis­as­ter hap­pened in Wen­zhou’s Lucheng in­dus­trial dis­trict. About 800 res­cuers fin­ished the search at about 1am yes­ter­day af­ter 28 peo­ple were pulled from the de­bris.

Only six sur­vived and are hos­pi­talised. They are in sta­ble con­di­tions. The lat­est sur­vivor is a young girl who was rescued at 6.45 pm, ac­cord­ing to the fire depart­ment of Wen­zhou City. She was pro­tected by the bod­ies of her par­ents, who were killed in the col­lapse. The cause of the dis­as­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Res­cuers said the col­lapsed build­ings were built by vil­lagers.

Five ad­ja­cent houses built in the 1970s re­main stand­ing, but res­cuers are de­mol­ish­ing them to avoid

sec­ondary dis­as­ters.

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