Build­ing col­lapse kills 17

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At least 17 peo­ple were killed in the col­lapse of a group of de­crepit homes in eastern China, state me­dia re­ported. By yes­ter­day evening, 15 peo­ple had been pulled from the rub­ble on the out­skirts of the city of Wen­zhou and res­cue ef­forts were con­tin­u­ing, mainly by hand to avoid harm­ing any sur­vivors, the Xin­hua News Agency said. The cause of the col­lapses was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, al­though the re­ports said the four build­ings were built in the 1970s by their farmer own­ers and were in a highly de­graded state. Ex­tra floors had also been added over the years, mak­ing them be­tween three and five sto­ries high and fur­ther weak­en­ing their struc­tures. Poor con­struc­tion qual­ity has long been a prob­lem in China, par­tic­u­larly in the coun­try­side and smaller cities.

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