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Death rises to 7 in Hangzhou subway tunnel collapse
Updated: 2008-11-17 19:12

HANGZHOU - Two more bodies are found in the rubble of a subway construction site collapse in eastern China, bringing the death toll to seven. Rescuers are still searching for 14 others.

Rescuers demolish a building which was destroyed by a collapse at a subway tunnel in Hangzhou November 16, 2008. Two more bodies of missing workers were found on Monday afternoon, bringing the death toll in Saturday's collapse at a subway construction site in east China's Zhejiang Province to seven. [Agencies]

Both victims were male. One, surnamed Fang, was from Chun'an county of Zhejiang. The other man is yet to be identified.

Between 400-500 rescuers are looking for 14 people still trapped after a 75-meter section of subway tunnel collapsed Saturday afternoon. The section was under construction in the Xiaoshan District of the Zhejiang Province.

Hope to find the missing still alive is diminishing.

"It (the mire) could be as deep as seven meters," said Yang Zhongjie, an expert with the rescue team. Yang added that water in the pit was drained Sunday but there were still as many as 20,000 cubic meters of mire to be cleared.

The collapse injured 24 people, all of whom were initially hospitalized. So far, eleven have been discharged.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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