Father’s last embrace saves girl in building collapse
A LITTLE girl protected by the embrace of her dead father was the last survivor pulled out of the rubble of collapsed multi-storey buildings in China, reports said yesterday.
She was found deep in the debris of four six-storey residential buildings more than 12 hours after they crumbled in Wenzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang, killing at least 22 people.
Three-year-old Wu Ningxi survived with only minor injuries thanks to the protection offered by her young father, who was found dead after shielding her from falling rubble, CCTV reported.
“The child was able to survive entirely thanks to the fact that her dad used his own flesh and blood to prop up a life-saving space for his daugh- ter,” a rescuer said.
The 26-year-old shoe factory worker was found under a cement pillar, draped over his daughter.
The family had been buried alive in their living room and the body of the young girl’s mother was discovered not far from the pair.
Photos showed rescuers lifting the girl’s body from the mass of cement and fallen bricks and placing her on a stretcher.
The search through the three-storey-high debris concluded early yesterday, the Lucheng district government said at a press conference, with 22 confirmed dead and only five survivors other than the girl rescued.
The cause of the disaster was still under investigation, CCTV said. –
Rescuers carry a three-year-old girl from an accident site where four buildings collapsed during the early hours in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, on October 10.