More survivors found 3 days after building collapse in China: NPR

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers transfer a ninth person pulled from the rubble 88 hours after a self-built residential building collapsed in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province, on 3 May 2022.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers transfer a ninth person pulled from the rubble 88 hours after a self-built residential building collapsed in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province, on 3 May 2022.

Chen Zeguo/AP

BEIJING — Rescuers have found two more survivors in the rubble of a building in central China that collapsed more than three days ago, state media reported Tuesday.

The official Xinhua news agency said a man and a woman were extracted on Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning.

The woman, whose rescue came after being buried for 88 hours, alerted workers using life detection equipment to her presence by knocking on objects. Xinhua said she was conscious, had normal vital signs and was able to communicate with her rescuers.

The collapse of the six-story building occurred at 12:24 p.m. Friday in Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan, south of Beijing.

Police arrested nine people, including the owner of the building, on suspicion of ignoring building codes or committing other violations. Three people responsible for design and construction and five others who allegedly provided a false security assessment of a guest house located on the fourth to sixth floors of the building were also detained.

The building also housed a residence, cafe and shops.

Following an increase in the number of collapses of self-constructed buildings in recent years, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that it was necessary to check these structures for any hidden dangers and repair them to avoid major accidents, he said. said Xinhua.

Poor adherence to safety standards, including the illegal addition of extra floors and failure to use rebar, is often blamed for such disasters.

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