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Sixth person extracted alive from collapsed building in China

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After 50 hours of work, rescue teams pulled the dust-covered woman out and then carried her away on a stretcher, according to public broadcaster CCTV footage.

Dozens of people were trapped or missing on Saturday the day after the eight-storey building collapsed in the city of Changsha: at least 18 people were still trapped at the end of the day after five survivors were found, while that 39 people could not be reached, according to the authorities.

The building housed a hotel, apartments and a cinema.

An aerial view of a residential building that collapsed in Changsha, central China, on Friday.

A residential building collapsed in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, April 29, 2022.

Photo: Associated Press/Chen Zeguo

Changsha police said nine people were arrested on Sunday in connection with the accident, including the owner of the building and security inspectors suspected of falsifying the results of an inspection of the building.

According to the mayor of the city, Zheng Jianxin, more than 700 rescue workers have been dispatched to the scene and no effort will be spared to search for those trapped under the rubble, a tangle of metal and concrete that firefighters were navigating through, according to state media footage.

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President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a search at all costs and ordered a full investigation into the cause of the collapse.

A senior Communist Party official was dispatched to the scene, an indication of the severity of the disaster.

Chinese Minister of Emergency Management Huang Ming urged officials to completely eliminate all kinds of hidden security risks at a meeting on Saturday.

Building collapses are not uncommon in China due not only to poor safety and construction standards but also to corruption among officials responsible for monitoring those standards.

In January, an explosion triggered by a suspected gas leak destroyed a building in the sprawling municipality of Chongqing in the southwest of the country, killing at least 16 people.

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