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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

2 more people rescued days after building collapses in China; police arrest 9 | Nation World News

Two people were rescued from rubble on Sunday, more than 50 hours after a building collapsed in central China, leaving dozens trapped or missing, state media said.

Separately, police arrested nine people on suspicion of a major liability accident, including the building’s owner, the official Xinhua news agency said.

State broadcaster CCTV showed a video of a woman being pulled out on a stretcher by rescue teams at around 4.30 pm local time. Some people can be heard shouting slogans of encouragement during the operation. CCTV said he was taken to the hospital and his condition is stable. State media reported that another person was brought out alive in the evening, but did not provide any details.

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Seven people have been rescued from a building that collapsed on Friday afternoon in Changsha city, capital of Hunan province. Around 20 others were stranded, and another 39 were unaccounted for till late Saturday night.

In addition to the owner, police said they had arrested three people and five others on charges of designing and building what they said was a false security assessment for a guest house on the fourth to sixth floors of the building.

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Rescuers work next to an excavation at the site of the building collapse on Saturday. (CNSPhoto/Reuters)

In the pictures, it appears that the building has almost collapsed to the second floor, leaving debris scattered on the sidewalk. It stood in a row of nearly six-storey buildings.

Xinhua said the building has eight floors, including a restaurant on the second floor, a cafe on the third floor and housing on the top two floors. Other media reports said that it was a six-storey building. The tenants had made structural modifications to the building, Xinhua news agency said, but the cause of the collapse was being investigated.

Police said Hunan Jiangda Engineering Testing Company issued a false safety report on April 13. Those arrested included a legal representative of the company and four technicians suspected of providing the appraisal.

Following an increase in the number of self-constructed buildings collapse in recent years, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday it was necessary to check such structures for any hidden dangers and to prevent major accidents, Xinhua news agency said. It is necessary to fix them.

Poor adherence to safety standards, including illegal addition of additional floors and failure to reinforcing iron bars, are often blamed for such disasters.

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