Sixteen victims pulled from collapsed building in China

Nine-story building in Guiyang collapses after landslide triggered by heavy rainfall

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 16 people who went missing after a building collapsed in the Chinese city of Guiyang on Saturday.

More than 100 firefighters and soldiers joined the search of the nine-story building that collapsed on Wednesday following a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall.

The massive flooding in south and central China has killed dozens of people, including two children, and forced thousands to abandon their homes. Many are missing, officials said on Thursday.

Chinese state agency Xinhua reported that the downpour has broken a 40-year record, and that the storms are expected to continue through to next week.

Landslides are common in China and are usually caused by heavy rainfall or earthquakes.

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