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China building collapse in Henan province kills 17 workers

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Beijing, October 31, AZERTAC

A two-storey building has collapsed in China's central Henan province killing 17 construction workers and injuring 23 others, state media has reported.

Rescue workers searched overnight pulling bodies and survivors from the debris in Beiwudu in Wuyang county.

Nine of the injured, being treated at a hospital in nearby Luohe city, are in a serious condition, officials said.

Renovation work was being carried out on the foundations of the building when the accident happened, they said.

The local government in Wuyang county has now called off the search for survivors.

An investigation is under way to establish the exact cause of the accident, which happened on Friday afternoon.

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