Fa­ther’s last em­brace saves girl in build­ing col­lapse

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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