17 Killed in Building Collapse in Northern China

AP reports on another building collapse, this time more deadly than the last:

An unfinished factory building collapsed amid a violent thunderstorm Tuesday in northern China, killing 17 people, state media and a government official said.

The two-story building housing an iron casting company crumbled Tuesday morning as torrential rain hit the city of Shijiazhuang, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

It said 20 people, most of them employees of the Tengfei Malleable Iron Casting Co. Ltd., were buried in the collapse, but only three people had been rescued and hospitalized.

The report quoted an unidentified local man as saying the building collapsed following a massive thunder burst as heavy rain fell across the city, which lies about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Beijing.

See also a Xinhua report.

August 4, 2009 11:50 AM
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