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Survivor of China building collapse found after almost 6 days

BEIJING — Rescuers in central China pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a building that partially collapsed nearly six days earlier, state media reported on Thursday.

The unidentified woman is the 10th survivor of the disaster in Changsha city, which killed at least five people and an unknown number, possibly dozens, are still missing.

She was rescued just after midnight on Thursday, about 132 hours after the back of the six-story building suddenly collapsed on April 29, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The woman is conscious and advised rescuers to pull her out without causing further injuries, Xinhua said. The teams had used dogs and hand tools as well as drones and electronic life detectors in the search.

All survivors were reportedly in good condition, having been treated at a hospital. Intermittent rain showers over the past few days may have increased their chances of survival without food or water.

At least nine people were arrested in connection with the collapse of what Xinhua described as a “homemade building,” including the owner, on suspicion of disregarding building regulations or other violations.

The site of a collapsed self-built apartment building in Changsha.
The site of a collapsed self-built apartment building in Changsha.
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Also arrested were three people in charge of design and construction and five other people who allegedly made a false security assessment for a guest house on the fourth to sixth floors of the building.

The building also contained a residence, cafe and shops.

Rescue workers evacuate the 10th survivor, who was pulled alive after being trapped for 132 hours by the rubble of a homemade apartment building that collapsed in Changsha.
Rescue workers evacuate the 10th survivor, who was pulled alive after being trapped for 132 hours by the rubble of a homemade apartment building that collapsed in Changsha.
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An increase in the number of homemade building collapses in recent years prompted Chinese President Xi Jinping last month to call for additional inspections to reveal structural weaknesses.

Poor adherence to safety standards, including illegally adding extra stories and not using reinforcing iron bars, is often blamed for such disasters. China also suffers from decaying infrastructure such as gas pipelines that have caused explosions and collapses.

A rescuer works with a rescue dog at the collapse site of a self-built apartment building in Changsha.
A rescuer works with a rescue dog at the collapse site of a self-built apartment building in Changsha.
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