Death toll rises in China house collapse

  • 11/10/2016

At least 17 people are dead after a group of houses collapsed in the eastern Chinese coastal city of Wenzhou.

Eight machines and more than 700 rescuers are looking for survivors.

By Monday evening (local time) only six survivors had been pulled from the debris, state news agency Xinhua quoted the district government as saying.

It was unknown how many people were in the buildings when the accident happened.

There's no known cause for the pre-dawn collapse in Wenzhou's Lucheng industrial district in Zhejiang province, Xinhua reported. Investigations were still going on.

The collapsed buildings were built by villagers and five adjacent houses built in the 1970s remain standing, though rescuers are demolishing them to avoid secondary disasters, Xinhua said.

Reuters / Newshub.