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10 dead, one trapped after gym roof collapses in China

10 dead, one trapped after gym roof collapses in China

The gym in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, collapsed just before 3pm. (representative)

Beijing, China:

A school gym roof collapsed in northeastern China, killing 10 people and trapping one, state media reported Monday.

State news agency Xinhua said the gym at No. 34 Middle School in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, collapsed at 3:00 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Sunday.

As of 5:30 a.m. Monday, state broadcaster CCTV said 14 people had been pulled out of the wreckage, “four of whom were brought out without vital signs and six died after treatment failed”.

Footage broadcast by CCTV showed the entire roof collapsing onto the gym and rescue workers picking up the debris.

A search and rescue operation involving around 160 firemen and 39 fire trucks has been launched, CCTV said.

A preliminary investigation into the collapse found that construction workers had placed perlite – a form of volcanic glass – on the roof, Xinhua said.

Heavy rain caused the perlite to expand, causing the roof to collapse.

“Police have detained those in charge of the construction company,” the state news agency reported.

Industrial accidents are common in China due to lax safety standards and poor enforcement.

In 2015, a massive explosion at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin killed 165 people.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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