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Overview of building collapses in China

By Fan Feifei ( Updated: 2014-04-04 16:01
When  Feb 3, 2013, 
Where  Ningbo city,East China's Zhejiang province 
 Victims 5 dead, 6 injured 
 What happened

A three-story residential building partially collapsed in the morning, killing five and injuring six residents. The collapse was caused by the explosion of a boiler. 

When  Dec 16, 2012 
Where  Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province 
 Victims 1 female dead 
 What happened

A six-story residential building in Jiangdong district of collapsed around noon. Two female residents were buried. One of them was pulled out of the debris that afternoon but died later at a local hospital. Another female resident was saved on Dec.17. The building was constructed in 1989, housing 18 families.

When  Oct 15, 2012 
Where  Jixian county, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province 
 Victims 6 dead, 2 injured 
 What happened

An office building collapsed. Six people were killed and two were injured. The accident happened at about 7:50 am when the eastern wing of a four-story office building undergoing renovation suddenly fell apart, burying at least eight people. 

When  March 19, 2012
Where  Dali, Southwest China's Yunnan province  
 Victims 6 dead, 9 injured 
 What happened

The building, a steel structure in Xiaoguanyi village of Xiaguan township in Dali, toppled at 1:38 pm that day. The building was an illegal structure built without a construction permit, and local authorities had asked its builders to suspend construction on March 15. 

When  Jan 20, 2011 
Where  Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province 
 Victims 3 dead, 2 seriously injured 
 What happened

A residential building under construction collapsed. The accident happened around 3 pm in Dazhuang village, Zhongyuan district in Zhengzhou city, the provincial capital. The building belonged to the illegal structure. 

When  Dec 5, 2010 
Where  Xingguo County, East China's Jiangxi Province 
 Victims 5 dead, 8 injured 
 What happened

A residential building under construction collapsed. The accident happened at around 3:30 pm as workers were adding a fourth floor to a three-story home in Chongxian Village, Xingguo County. 

When  Oct 2, 2010 
Where  Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province 
 Victims 8 dead, 3 injured
 What happened

A four-story residential building under construction collapsed in Chang'an District of Xi'an, killing eight workers and injuring three. Neighbor residents were evacuated for safety. Initial investigation showed that defective construction material might be the cause of the accident. 

When   Aug 12, 2010
Where  Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province 
 Victims 2 dead, 2 injured 
 What happened

A three-story residential building collapsed. The building was built in the 1950s. 

When  July 6, 2010
Where  Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province 
 Victims 3 dead, 9 injured 
 What happened

 A 3-story brick-concrete building collapsed at 6:30 pm in Cangshan district of Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, trapping 13 under the rubble.

When  June 27, 2009 
Where  Shanghai 
 Victims 1 dead 
 What happened

A nearly-finished 13-story apartment building collapsed in Minhang district, Shanghai in the morning, killing one worker. Improper construction methods are believed to be the reason for the collapse, according to a report from the investigation team. Nine people linked to the building collapse, including the real estate developer, contractor and the supervisor for the project, have been under control.

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