Leaks seen at deadly Guangdong site where eight died

China | 8 Feb 2018 1:01 pm

The site of the collapse where eight Chinese were killed yesterday in Foshan was in a central area of Guangdong beneath an eight-lane road. An area the size of two basketball courts sunk to a depth of 6 meters, according to state broadcaster CCTV 

Water had been entering the subway line building site from leaks in pipes, which workers attempted to plug but ultimately caused a burst that led to the collapse, CCTV said. 

The line under construction runs for 23 kilometers through the city north of the provincial capital of Guangzhou. 

The rapid expansion of subway networks in Chinese cities has frequently led to cave-ins and other deadly accidents, and while China has made considerable progress in improving industrial safety, scores are still killed annually in factories, coal mines and transportation networks. 

Most recently, gas leaking from a pipeline at a steel mill in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong killed eight people and injured 10 on Monday.

In the deadliest recent incident, an explosion in 2015 traced to improperly stored chemicals killed at least 173 people in the port city of Tianjin, about an hour east of Beijing.-AP. Photo: Local media via CGTN.


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