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Desperate search for survivors after six-storey residential building collapses in China
One woman pulled from the rubble later died at hospitalAt least one other trapped in the debrisFamilies complained of 'cracks' and were told to evacuate on the morning of the disaster
18:39 GMT, 16 December 2012
A desperate rescue operation is ongoing in east China's Zhejiang Province after a six-storey building collapsed today.
One woman has died in the accident, with at least one other woman believed to be buried in the rubble. It is unknown if she is alive at present.
The firefighters' efforts are being hampered by the sheer amount of rubble, as the woman lived on the second floor.
Grim viewing: Rescuers search for residents trapped in a collapsed residential building in Ningbo
Joint effort: Rescuers clear up debris at the collapsed building hoping that anyone still trapped is still alive
Destruction: In an area of tower blocks, the large void is a painful reminder of what has happened
Despite officials telling the
inhabitants to vacate the 'dangerous' building in the morning, it is not
known whether all left the property.
The incident happened in Jiangdong district of Ningbo City around noon local time.
The Shanghai Daily have reported that the woman was pulled from the debris and taken to a nearby hospital at around 4.50pm local time, but efforts to revive her failed.
Inhabitants of the building, that was built in 1989, had complained to authorities of cracks in the framework.
This led to community workers instructing the 18 families who lived there, to move out of the tower block.
Hoping for the best: The exact number of casualties is unknown at this time as rescuers comb the debris
Keep going: The search for any trapped victims will continue through the night in Ningbo City
Ningbo is is a seaport city in the northeast of Zhejiang province, People's Republic of China, holding sub-provincial administrative status and separate state-planning status.
It's climate is described as 'monsoon-influenced' which can evidently affect buildings and other structures and the longevity of them.
The disaster will come as a setback for the ruling authority of the Chinese City, only two days after it negotiated a deal with the UN that will see it extend its sustainable development programme.
Fears will now turn to other buildings in the immediate vicinity, as there are a large number of tower blocks, all of similar build, that may be unsafe to live in.
Night falls: It is thought there could still be people buried in the rubble, so the search will continue into the night