2nd LD-Writethru: 17 dead in central China building collapse

ZHENGZHOU, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- A building collapse in central China's Henan Province on Friday afternoon has left 17 workers dead and 23 injured, said government sources late night on Friday.

The two-story house, which was built in the 1990s in Beiwudu Town, Wuyang County, suddenly collapsed at around 3:30 p.m. when construction workers were attempting to lift its foundation, said a county's publicity official.

Rescuers pulled out 40 workers from the debris as of 10:50 p.m. Friday. Seventeen died and 23 others were injured, with nine in a serious condition.

Rescue work is still under way. The cause of the accident is unknown. Enditem


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