Cave-in vic­tims iden­ti­fied as new­ly­weds, fa­ther and son

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By HUANG ZHILING huangzhiling@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The four peo­ple who died when a side­walk col­lapsed in Dazhou, Sichuan prov­ince, on Sun­day have been iden­ti­fied as a new­ly­wed cou­ple and a fa­ther and his 11-yearold son.

Af­ter more than 50 hours of search­ing, the last two peo­ple trapped at the site of the cavein were found on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Tang Zengfu, 45, and his son were dead when they were found, tak­ing the death toll from the ac­ci­dent to four, res­cue work­ers said.

At around 2:30 pm on Sun­day, the side­walk in front of the Dazhou Jimin Hos­pi­tal sud­denly col­lapsed. Video clips showed four passers-by fall­ing into the hole.

At about 10 min­utes af­ter mid­night on Mon­day, a woman trapped by the cave-in was found af­ter fire­fight­ers used ex­ca­va­tors to reach a site 6.5 me­ters deep.

The woman, iden­ti­fied as Mou Biqing, a 23-year-old from Tingzi town in Dazhou’s Dachuan district, died on the way to hos­pi­tal.

At 9:36 am on Mon­day, a man trapped in the cave-in was found, but he died in hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the Dachuan district in­for­ma­tion of­fice.

The man was iden­ti­fied as He Men­g­long, Mou’s 22-yearold hus­band. He was also a na­tive of Tingzi. The cou­ple had mar­ried four days be­fore the tragedy.

He worked as an ex­press de­liv­ery­man in Chengdu, Sichuan, where Mou worked as a nurse at a hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to a vil­lage of­fi­cial, the cou­ple were very close. Video clips showed them lean­ing against each other be­fore they fell into the hole.

The vil­lage of­fi­cial said He’s fam­ily was poor. His mother was in poor health and his fa­ther worked in Guang­dong prov­ince to sup­port the fam­ily. The of­fi­cial said Mou’s fam­ily was bet­ter off and her par­ents had ini­tially op­posed her mar­riage into an im­pov­er­ished fam­ily.

Tang and his son were from Fushan, 30 kilo­me­ters from down­town Dazhou.

Tang’s fa­ther died when he was 17 and he had to do odd jobs to sup­port his fam­ily. Ear­lier this year, he started work­ing in a cloth­ing fac­tory in Cam­bo­dia. As Sun­day was his 45th birth­day, Tang had re­turned to Dazhou to cel­e­brate it with his fam­ily.

Be­fore the tragedy, he had pur­chased a cell­phone near the Dazhou Jimin Hos­pi­tal with his younger son.

His el­der son is a policeman in Dazhou. Be­cause he was on duty on Sun­day, he did not meet his fa­ther af­ter he re­turned home. Be­fore the tragedy, he was talk­ing with his fa­ther on his cell­phone. Sud­denly the sig­nal was cut off and he later learned his fa­ther and younger brother had fallen into the hole.

SONG ZHENPING / XIN­HUA

Ding Yongfa teaches chil­dren about shadow pup­petry in Pingx­i­ang, Jiangxi prov­ince, last year.

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