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At least 4 killed in landslide in southern China


BEIJING (AP) – At least four people have died in the partial collapse of a workers’ residence in southern China’s Jiangxi province, according to state media.

Part of the six-story building in the Ganjiang New District collapsed Monday night, they said.

The building housed people who had worked in a pharmaceutical plant and most of the residents were elderly, according to state broadcaster CCTV and other outlets. The building was built in 1995, mostly with pre-fabricated plates, and was considered to be of poor quality, they said.

Images and videos showed rescuers searching through a pile of rubble with flashlights. Much of the building, one of several similar structures in the complex, was still standing.

China has tried to improve construction quality and industrial safety with the threat of criminal charges, but accidents still occur and companies are taking risks to cut costs.

Another growing problem is aging infrastructure. Specifically, gas pipeline explosions and poor compliance with safety regulations for handling hazardous chemicals are two factors in accidents.

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