The first rescue came on the evening of Thursday, just before 11 p.m. It was the 63-year-old Hu Qinghua, who was able to use her cell phone to contact her daughter and asked about her neighbors. Their conversation was captured by TV crews and circulated widely online later. “Fine, fine, they’re all fine,” Hu’s daughter told her. “Don’t think about them. They are all in hospital.” The second survivor, a middle-aged local woman referred to in media reports by her surname Liu, was pulled from the debris at around 7 a.m. Friday, almost 24 hours after the collapse.
In the same area, 22 people were killed last October, when a cluster of decrepit homes collapsed. A 2014 government investigation had classified over 1,400 buildings in Lucheng as dangerous, and almost 1,000 of them were deemed unsafe for human habitation.
Source: Sixth tone
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