Twelve killed in China shoe factory collapse

The collapse of a shoe factory in eastern China has left twelve people dead and over thirty injured, according to Chinese state media.

According to the report, four of the injured sustained serious injuries, while nine people survived the tragedy unhurt.

Apparently, the collapse was caused by a large pool on the building’s roof which was used for fishing. Leaks were reported before the collapse.

According to the BBC, the factory is located in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province. The city is home to a large shoe making industry.

In January last year, 14 workers were killed in a fire at a shoe factory in the city. It is not known if the incident was at the same facility as the latest incident.

Despite, huge economic growth in recent times, China still has a problem of ageing buildings and poor safety standards. Industrial deaths occur far more frequently than in western nations.

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