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At least 17 killed after houses collapse in eastern China

Published 10/10/2016

The four houses were located on the outskirts of Wenzhou
The four houses were located on the outskirts of Wenzhou

At least 17 people have been killed after several homes collapsed in eastern China.

By evening, six people had been pulled alive from the rubble with another 17 found dead after four dilapidated houses fell on the outskirts of the city of Wenzhou.

Rescue efforts are continuing mainly by hand to avoid harming any remaining survivors.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation, although reports said the four buildings were built in the 1970s by their farmer owners and were in a highly degraded state.

Extra floors had been added over the years, making them between three and five storeys high and further weakening their structures.

Poor construction quality has long been a problem in China, particularly in the countryside and smaller cities.

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