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Five trapped after nine-storey residential building collapses in south-west China

Published 20/05/2015 | 09:23

Continuous rainfall led to the collapse.
Continuous rainfall led to the collapse.

At least five people have been trapped after a nine-storey residential building in south-west China collapsed following a landslide, officials said.

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The collapse happened in Guiyang city at about 11.30am local time.

Two hours later, the city government said it had checked three-quarters of the 35 households and found at least five of the 114 residents were missing. It was trying to contact a total of 21 residents.

It said in a statement that heavy rainfall led to the collapse and that people in the surrounding area had been evacuated.

More than 100 rescuers were at the scene and no casualties had been found by mid-afternoon, it added.

Photos on the website of China Radio International showed a pile of steel, bricks and other rubble surrounded by other buildings.

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