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53 confirmed dead, 10 rescued in central China building collapse

A ninth survivor is pulled from the rubble on Tuesday after an eight-story building collapsed on April 29, 2022 in Changsha, Hunan province. (CHEN ZEGUO / XINHUA)

CHANGSHA/BEIJING – A total of 53 people have been confirmed dead in a self-built residential structure collapse in central China's Hunan province, according to a press conference held on Friday.

The search and rescue operation concluded at 3:03 am Friday, said Zheng Jianxin, mayor of the provincial capital Changsha. Ten people have been rescued.

Wu Guiying, Party chief of Changsha, said that authorities will conduct further investigations into the accident, punish those responsible and intensify security inspections of such self-built buildings

Dozens of experts from major local hospitals have been arranged to ensure proper treatment of the injured.

Wu Guiying, Party chief of Changsha, said that authorities will conduct further investigations into the accident, punish those responsible and intensify security inspections of such self-built buildings.

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During the press conference, officials stood up and bowed to offer their condolences to all the victims, the injured as well as their families, and apologized for the accident.

The building collapse took place in Wangcheng District of Changsha on April 29. 

Meanwhile, the State Council, China's cabinet, has decided to set up an investigation team for the collapse.

The team, led by the Ministry of Emergency Management, will invite construction, safety and legal experts to provide professional support for the investigation.

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The investigation will be conducted according to the law and in a science-based, practical and efficient manner. The authority vowed to find out the cause of the accident, draw a lesson from it, and seriously seek accountability.