Sixteen people missing due to building collapse in China

Nine-story building collapses after landslide in southwest China, 16 residents remain missing

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Sixteen people remained missing after nine-story building collapsed due to a landslide in southwest China earlier on Wednesday, according to media reports.

The government said in a statement that heavy rainfall caused the collapse of the building at about 11:30am local time in Guiyang city.

After the disaster, residents from the surrounding area were evacuated. More than 100 rescuers were assigned in the scene to find people, they reached about 98 residents safely.

There were no casualties after the collapse, according to governmental statement. Rescue teams tried to contact 16 others who remained missing via cellphone signals. Fifteen of them were traced in the scene by rescue teams.   

A renter who was the resident of the building said a relative of hers, was among the missing.

"She lived on the ninth floor, I called, but couldn't reach her," she said to Xinhua.      

Landslides are very common which are caused by heavy rainfall or earthquakes in southern China. Building collapses mostly occurred in the region due to unsafe structuring.


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