China: Dozens trapped, missing in building collapse

Written by on April 30, 2022

Over 20 people have been trapped and nearly 40 are unaccounted for after a building collapse in central China. Search and rescue operations at the site have continued for a second day.

A six-story building has partially collapsed in Changsa city in China’s Hunan province, trapping 23 people, mayor Zheng Jianxin said Saturday.

The Changsa mayor said 39 others remained uncontactable following the accident at noon local time on Friday.

Media reports said the building contained at least one restaurant, shops and a guesthouse. In China, such buildings often have apartments on the upper floors.

Authorities in China often blame such disasters on a lack of adherence to safety standards, such as the illegal addition of extra floors.

DW


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