Recorded 53 people died in the incident collapsed building in Changsa city, Hunan Province, China, last Friday (29/4) afternoon. The death toll was only known after the week-long evacuation process was declared complete today.
The collapsed building is a commercial building that houses apartments, hotels, cinemas.
“People who were trapped and could not be reached from the crash site have all been found, 10 people survived and 53 died,” Changsha officials were quoted as saying by CCTV on Friday (6/5).
According to the rescue team, the tenth person who was rescued was buried in the rubble for six days.
Another victim who was rescued was a woman. He was trapped in the rubble for 88 hours. When the incident occurred, he admitted that he was studying in bed.
During the rescue efforts, the team removed victims from the rubble of the building using the help of sniffer dogs, life detectors, drones, and relying on screams and fear.
One of the Changsha officials, Wu Guiying, apologized for the incident. He called the incident an extraordinary tragedy.
The city government accused the surveyors of falsifying the building’s safety audit. The government later identified the building as a self-constructed residential structure. That is, the building was built by individuals or companies without state funds.
Authorities have now arrested the owner of the building, along with a team of inspectors and two people suspected of being involved in illegal acts related to the alteration of the building.
China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development later announced a nationwide inspection effort for self-built housing.
Building collapses are common in China due to safety standards, weak construction and corruption among officials.