China`s building collapse toll rises to 11

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:02

Beijing: The death toll in a building collapse in eastern China after an explosion caused by a gas leak on Wednesday rose to 11, officials said.

Twenty people were buried after the three-storey building collapsed in Suzhou City in Jiangsu Province following an explosion in the staff canteen on the first floor on Tuesday.
"Eleven of them died in hospital," state-run Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

The remaining nine are still receiving treatment in two local hospitals, it said.

The office building belonged to a liquefied gas sales branch of the Suzhou Gas Group Co.Ltd.
A preliminary investigation showed that the blast was caused by a gas leak.


First Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 11:02

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