Five killed as Shanghai building collapses

World | 17 May 2019

Five people were killed when the roof of a Shanghai commercial building caved in upon construction workers who were renovating it.

The accident occurred at around 11.30am yesterday in a central Shanghai neighborhood, trapping around 20 people, according to fire rescue officials. Authorities did not give details on the severity of the injuries suffered by survivors.

Police quickly sealed off the area, preventing journalists from getting close.

The building had previously been used as a dealership for Mercedes-Benz cars, the fire rescue bureau said. It was being redeveloped as a mixed-use arts and innovation site, according to reports.

A local resident said she was taking a nap when her bed suddenly began shaking, as if an earthquake had struck. She then heard a loud bang.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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