An apartment building in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, has collapsed, causing at least one death and trapping numerous residents.
At around midday on Sunday, a six-storey residential building in Ningbo’s Jiangdong District suddenly collapsed. Amazingly, only one fatality has been confirmed so far, though rescue efforts are continuing and more bodies may be found in due course.
Authorities ordered an evacuation of the building early on Sunday morning, though not all residents heeded the warnings. Numerous residents are believed to be trapped under the rubble.
Residents told reporters that the building, built in 1989, had previously shown signs of decay. Numerous floors had to be repaired after cracks appeared in them last year. An initial report by the Ningbo Housing Construction Committee suggests that the building’s load-bearing masonry was unprotected from water seepage, weakening the the structure over time and eventually causing the collapse. This lack of protection is supposedly common in buildings from this period (so consider this a heads up if you’re in a pre-1990 apartment block).
Video of the aftermath:
Update #1: Xinhua reports that a woman has been pulled out of the rubble, 22-hours after the original accident.
The woman, surnamed Dong, 24, was pulled out of the debris at about 10:40 a.m.. She was taken to hospital, according to a Jiangdong district government announcement.
Dong was found by rescuers at about 7 a.m. and received packages of glucose from doctors through the rubble.
The six-storey building collapsed on Sunday at noon in Jiangdong District after residents found cracks in the structure. They reported the situation to a local government organization.
A woman, aged 21, was pulled out of the debris around 4:50 p.m. but died later in a local hospital.