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Breaking News : Building collapse in China leaves at least 17 dead

Building collapse in China leaves at least 17 dead.

Rescuers search among debris after a building collapsed in Wuyang county,

A two-storey building has collapsed while workers were trying to prop up the
second floor during renovations in central China, killing at least 17 construction
workers and injuring 23, officials and reports said Saturday.

The collapse happened on Friday afternoon in the Wuyang county town of
Beiwudu in Henan province,
the county government said on its website. Forty people were pulled from the
debris by early on Saturday morning, including 17 killed and 23 injured — nine
of them in serious condition, said authorities, and several people were taken
into police custody.

Many of the victims were crushed by falling chunks of the building, Wuyang
People’s Hospital head Liu Jinshan said in an interview with the state
broadcaster CCTV.

“When the patients came and were sent into intensive care unit, their
injuries were really bad,” Liu said.

CCTV quoted a construction worker in hospital as saying workers had been
using a hoisting jack to push up a corner of first floor of the two-storey
building when the collapse happened. The building was built in the 1990s, the
broadcaster said.

A man at the Wuyang county government who declined to be named confirmed
details of the collapse when reached by telephone but gave no further
information. The cause of the collapse was under investigation, he said. 
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