Building Collapsed In Chongqing City: A major accident has happened in China on Friday. A government canteen building collapsed after a loud explosion in the city of Chongqing here. Due to which at least 20 people were trapped there. The government media has given this information (Blast in China).
The state-run People’s Daily reported that the explosion occurred at 12:10 pm due to a ‘suspected gas leak’ in the canteen. Due to which a building there collapsed. Due to which the people present inside it are trapped there.
Building Collapsed In Chongqing City
State broadcaster CCTV said officials had sent about 260 rescue workers and 50 vehicles to the scene. He said that the cause of the blast is being investigated. A video posted on the official Weibo page of China’s fire brigade showed rescue workers dressed in orange as they climbed large sections of debris.
The department said nine people had been rescued from the spot (China Building Blast). State news agency Xinhua said some injured people were taken to hospital without more details.
Smoke billowing from the building
Xinhua said some of the injured people had been taken to hospital. He has not given any information related to these people. Video posted on social media by CCTV shows smoke and dust billowing from a collapsed building in Wulong district on the outskirts of this southwestern city (China Building Collapse).
An eyewitness told state TV that the blast was “terrifying”. Our windows have been shattered. The People’s Daily reported that local authorities have set up an “emergency response centre at the scene” to carry out rescue operations and treat people.
Such incidents have happened before
Due to weak safety standards (SOPs) and corruption among the officials implementing them, gas leaks and explosions are common in China. Earlier in June, a gas explosion killed 25 people. The blast took place in a residential building. In the matter, the government said that ‘the company’s security management system was poor.’
After which, eight suspects, including the company’s general manager that owned the gas pipe, were taken into custody. Then in the same month, a fire at a martial arts school killed 18 people and injured many others (Fire Incident in China). Local media reported that all the victims were boarding school students.