Building collapse buries 16 in China
30 September 2013, 13:51
Beijing - A disused factory building collapsed in northern
China early on Monday, burying 16 construction workers who were sleeping
inside, an official said.
Rescuers were trying to reach those inside the collapsed
building in a rural area of Wuan city in Hebei province.
A Wuan propaganda department official confirmed a state
media report that the 16 were construction workers for an iron mine and had
been staying in the building near the village of Houshan for the night. The
official refused to give his name, as is common with Chinese officials.
An investigation into the cause of the collapse was under
Construction workers are often migrants who have left their
homes in search of a better life. They are sometimes forced to use makeshift
housing, including tents and abandoned buildings, to be close to their
temporary work sites.