Five people were killed on Thursday, May 16th, when the roof of a commercial building collapsed in China's financial hub of Shanghai. Other workers were, fortunately, pulled alive from the rubble by rescue personnel, AFP has reported citing authorities.
The accident occurred around 11:30 am (0330 GMT) in a central Shanghai vicinity, the fire rescue bureau of China's Ministry of Emergency Management said on its social media account, adding that 24 emergency vehicles and more than 150 personnel responded to the emergency.
Official sources provided differing tallies of the numbers of people pulled out of the rubble throughout the day, but both the city government and the national emergency ministry now quote a death toll of five, out of the 40 workers who had been trapped under the debris.
The posting showed pictures of emergency rescue personnel pulling bloodied and dust-covered construction workers out of piles of rubble, fallen concrete pillars and shattered wooden beams. Authorities sealed off the area shortly after the accident.
The low-rise building was under renovation and had been used as a dealership for Mercedes-Benz cars, the fire rescue bureau said.
A resident told AFP she was taking a nap when her bed suddenly began shaking as if in an earthquake, before hearing a loud bang.
"I thought it was an explosion, at first," said the woman, who declined to give her name or to comment further.
China has suffered several industrial accidents in recent months, largely blamed on skirting of safety requirements amid the slowing economy.