Woman rescued from debris 50 hours after building collapse in China

BEIJING: A woman was rescued on Sunday from the rubble of a building in central China more than 50 hours after it collapsed, leaving dozens trapped or missing, state media said. Separately, police arrested nine people including the building owner on suspicion of causing a major liability accident, the official Xinhua news agency said.
State broadcaster CCTV showed video of rescuers bringing the woman out on a stretcher about 4.30pm (local time). She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, CCTV said. She was the sixth person rescued from the building, which collapsed on Friday afternoon in the inland city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. About 20 others remained trapped, and another 39 had not been accounted for as of late Saturday. Besides the owner, police said they had arrested three people in charge of design and construction and five others for what they said was a false safety assessment for a guest house on the building’s fourth to sixth floors. In photos the building appeared to have pancaked down to about the second floor, leaving rubble strewn on the sidewalk. Xinhua said the building had eight floors. Tenants had made structural modifications to the building, but the cause of the collapse remained under investigation, Xinhua said.

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