Monday, May 12, 2014

18 Dead, 3 injured when wall collapses due to rain in eastern China

A wall collapsed due to heavy rains, killing 18 people and injuring three others at a recycling plant in Qingtao, a city on China's eastern coast.

The incident occurred when a containment wall gave way due to an accumulation of water above it and collapsed onto the housing where plant workers lived, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the government of Qingtao, which is in Shandong province, about 40 people were in the dormitory-like barracks when the incident occurred.

The injured were taken to a local hospital and rescue teams have already completed their tasks at the site.

The city has experienced heavy rains over the past four days, just like a large part of the province, where a so-called "blue" alert, the least on an escalating color scale, was declared due to the rain.

Chinese authorities have declared a blue alert in some six other provinces in southern and eastern China - Canton, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang and Jilin - and in two autonomous regions, Guangxi and Inner Mongolia, given the forecast for an additional 30 to 70 mm (7.5 to 18 inches) of rain, although up to 100 to 120 mm (25 to 30 inches) has been predicted in some spots. EFE

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