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Death toll from N China building collapse rises to 17
Latest Updated at 2009-August-5 09:36:57
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Firefighters participate in the rescue work at the site where a factory under construction collapsed and at least 17 people were killed at Xizhaotong Township, Shijiazhuang City, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Aug. 4, 2009.(Xinhua/Gong Zhihong)

The death toll from a building collapse in north China's Hebei Province rose to 17 on Tuesday afternoon, said local authorities.

Three injured victims have been hospitalized.

The collapse happened at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Tengfei Malleable Iron Casting Co. Ltd.'s building in Nanshijiazhuang village, Xizhaotong township in Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital, as the city was hit by torrential rain.

An ambulance waits at the site where a factory under construction collapsed and at least 17 people were killed at Xizhaotong Township, Shijiazhuang City, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Aug. 4, 2009.(Xinhua/Gong Zhihong)

The Hebei Provincial Weather Observatory issued warnings at 7 a.m. of probable hazards from thunderstorms and torrential rain. During the morning, 65.7 mm of rain fell on the city.

The two-storey building collapsed after a lightning strike amid loud thunder, an unidentified villager said. The 20 plus people buried in the collapse were mostly workers in the building.

The site of the accident was cordoned off by police.

Rescue operations are underway.

Rescuers work at the site where a factory under construction collapsed and at least 17 people were killed at Xizhaotong Township, Shijiazhuang City, capital of north China's Hebei Province, Aug. 4, 2009.(Xinhua/Gong Zhihong)

Editor: Olivia

By: Source: China View website

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