CHINA 10 rescued, 5 dead in central China building collapse


10 rescued, 5 dead in central China building collapse


06:40, May 05, 2022


CHANGSHA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Ten people have been rescued and five others died after a self-built residential structure collapsed in central China's Hunan Province on April 29, rescuers said early Thursday.

The tenth survivor was rescued at around 12:00 a.m. Thursday at the site of a collapsed self-built residential structure in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province. (Xinhua/Chen Sihan)

At around 12:00 a.m. Thursday, the tenth survivor, a female, was pulled out alive from the debris about 132 hours after the collapse occurred.

The survivor was conscious and could even remind rescuers to avoid acts that might hurt her, according to the rescuers at the scene of the operation.

The rescuers detected signs of life through traditional methods, such as shouting, knocking, and sniffer dogs, as well as life detectors and drones, said Liang Buge, an emergency expert.

The building collapse happened in Wangcheng District in the provincial capital, Changsha. A total of 23 people are believed to be trapped in the building and 39 others near the site were missing, according to a preliminary investigation.

Rescue operation is still underway.

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