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At least 67 workers killed in China power plant scaffolding collapse

24 November 2016

At least 67 workers have been killed in China after a scaffolding platform in an unfinished power plant cooling tower collapsed. One worker remained trapped hours after the incident at the Fengcheng power plant in eastern China’s Jiangxi province, the semi-official Xinhua news agency reported, and a further two were in hospital.

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Xinhua said the number of fatalities could still rise and the Jiangxi provincial fire department said a total of 32 fire engines and 212 military personnel were deployed at the scene.

Pictures of the site in Fengcheng city showed a grey mass of concrete slabs, steel girders and twisted metal splayed in a heap on the ground inside a large round structure. Rescue workers sifted through iron pipes and debris covering the ground below the cooling tower and carried bodies from the site on stretchers wrapped in orange sheeting.

The construction of two 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power units at the Ganneng Fengcheng power station began last July and was expected to be completed by early 2018, the local Yichun city government said last year.

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