Deadly collapse at Chinese power station – BBC News

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers look for survivors after a work platform collapsed at the Fengcheng power plant in eastern China"s Jiangxi Province, Nov. 24, 2016Image copyright

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Xinhua said the death toll was likely to rise because an unknown number of people were still trapped in the debris

At least 67 people were killed when a platform collapsed at a construction site in China’s Jiangxi province.

The accident took place at a power plant in Fengcheng where a cooling tower was under construction.

One person is still missing, state media say. Jiangxi province’s fire services said 32 fire trucks and 212 soldiers had been deployed.

Several people were injured. Industrial accidents are common in China prompting calls for better safety standards.

Photos posted by Chinese media showed iron pipes and concrete slabs lying on the ground inside the large cooling tower.

According to Jiangxi Daily, two 168m cooling towers were being built at the site as part of a project to add two 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power units to the power plant.

The project will cost 7.67bn yuan ($1.11bn; £0.89bn) .

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Officials have ordered a thorough investigation into the cause of the deadly accident


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