Building collapse in China: Death toll rises to 16...

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Building collapse in China: Death toll rises to 16

 International Desk

 Published: 12:29 PM, 8 January 2022  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The death toll has risen to 16 in a building collapse after an explosion suspected to have been caused by a gas leak in the Chinese city of Chongqing on Friday. 

According to the Xinhua news agency, the blast at 12:10 pm (0410 GMT) brought down a neighbourhood committee building housing a canteen, trapping 26 people.

In the early hours of Saturday, Xinhua put the new death toll at 16, with 10 more injured, one of them critically. 

On Friday, the Chongqing government had put the initial death toll at nine. 

Videos and photos from Xinhua showed orange-clad workers in hard hats climbing through the rubble on Friday night under floodlights.

Xinhua said in its latest update that as of midnight, all those trapped had been pulled out. 

The injured people are receiving medical treatment, Chongqing authorities said through their verified account on the Twitter-like Weibo platform. 

Footage posted by state broadcaster CCTV on social media showed smoke and dust billowing from the collapsed building in Wulong district on the outskirts of the southwestern megacity.

The scene of the blast appeared to be in the middle of other buildings and was surrounded by a crowd of bystanders earlier on Friday.

Another clip by Xinhua showed dozens of rescuers in military fatigues jogging along a road to the site carrying shovels over their shoulders.

More than 150 fire and rescue workers have been deployed to the site, CCTV said.

Heavy lifting and excavation equipment have also been sent to the scene.

The cause of the blast remains under investigation.