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17 people killed as decrepit homes collapse in eastern China

At least 17 people were killed Monday in the collapse of a group of decrepit homes in eastern China, state media reported.

world Updated: Oct 10, 2016 19:58 IST
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Rescue workers search at the site where residential buildings collapsed in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China.(Reuters)

At least 17 people were killed Monday in the collapse of a group of decrepit homes in eastern China, state media reported.

By evening, 23 people, including the 17 who were dead, had been pulled from the rubble on the outskirts of the city of Wenzhou and rescue efforts were continuing, mainly by hand to avoid harming any survivors, the Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report.

The cause of the collapses was under investigation, although reports said the four buildings were built in the 1970s by their farmer owners and were in a highly degraded state. Extra floors had been added over the years, making them between three and five stories high and further weakening their structures.

Poor construction quality has long been a problem in China, particularly in the countryside and smaller cities.

First Published: Oct 10, 2016 19:58 IST