Rescuers in the central Chinese city of Changsha have pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a six-storey building six days after it collapsed. She was conscious during her extraction just after midnight (16:00 GMT Wednesday) and advised rescuers how to bring her out safely, state media say. Ten people are known to have survived the disaster but at least five were killed and dozens are still missing. Arrests have been made as the building’s safety is investigated.
Weak safety and construction standards, along with corruption among local officials, have led to a number of building collapses in China. Rescuers in Changsha used traditional methods to detect signs of life – shouting, knocking and sniffer dogs – as well as drones. The survivor brought out early on Thursday had spent about 132 hours trapped in the debris.
Another woman who was rescued after 88 hours has described how she kept herself alive by rationing drinking water and staying warm. The unnamed 21-year-old was in bed when the rear of the building, which contained flats and businesses, caved in last Friday afternoon.