Boy, 8, Found Alive In Rubble After Deadly Landslide

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report


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This footage viewed more than three million times shows rescuers finding a young boy alive in the rubble of a bathhouse after it collapsed during a deadly landslide.

Officials in Xiangning County in North China’s Shanxi Province say 10 people have been confirmed dead, while 10 more remain unaccounted for following the tragedy on 15th March.

Some of the hundreds of emergency workers taking part in search and rescue efforts found the boy, aged eight, pinned underneath a sofa inside the multi-storey bathhouse.

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The video shows them digging through the rubble and finally placing the crying boy on top of the furniture as they continue to make room for his evacuation.

The bathhouse was one of three buildings that collapsed in the landslide, which happened after the slope they were built on suddenly gave way.

Two residential quarters belonging to an adjacent health centre and a credit union also collapsed, with rescuers saying some 23 victims have been pulled from the rubble so far.

Seven were confirmed dead at the scene while three others died in hospital. Thirteen were injured and 10 are still missing, official figures show.

A reported 46 people were able to escape the tragedy themselves, but it is unclear whether the boy’s family, who were also at the bathhouse at the time of the collapse, were amongst the survivors.

Some 700 police officers, firefighters and medical staff are taking part in ongoing rescue efforts, while questions emerged about whether the buildings had been illegally built on the fragile slope.

John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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