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Massive rescue effort launched for survivors of building collapse

TWO people were hurt yesterday when a three-story mixed-use building in Songjiang District collapsed, the district government said via Weibo.

The two lower floors of the property, at 61 Xixia Road, were occupied by retail outlets and the top floor by apartments, it said.

Although all of the people known to be in the building at the time of the collapse have been accounted for, about 400 rescue workers were sent to support the rescue effort.

A Songjiang government official declined to answer any of Shanghai Daily’s questions about the incident, saying information and updates would be provided only via Weibo.

The two people injured were identified only as a 22-year-old woman and her toddler son. Both are being treated for bone fractures at a local hospital, but are said to be doing well.

According to a report by the news website, the mother and son were rescued after a pregnant woman who was left stranded but unhurt in the incident alerted police to their whereabouts.

A separate report by Songjiang News said that the woman who raised the alarm was the sister of the woman who was injured in the collapse.

While the government has released no information about what caused the building to crumble, it said that renovation work had been under way in one of the ground floor premises.

Eight workers have been confirmed safe, as too have the 15 registered residents of the apartments, it said.

The government said, however, that it had found “signs of life” under some of the rubble, though declined to elaborate.

A total of 150 armed police officers, 150 regular police, 100 firefighters and three ambulances were sent to aid the rescue effort, said.

The building’s landlord and the workers from the renovation team are helping police with their enquiries, the government said.


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