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China rains: 19 killed, several injured as part of highway collapsed in Guangdong

Several videos circulating online shared by local news outlets showed flames and smoke billowing from a deep pit into which the cars appeared to have fallen

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 01st 2024 02:38 PM
China rains: 19 killed, several injured as part of highway collapsed in Guangdong

China rains: 19 killed, several injured as part of highway collapsed in Guangdong

China rains: At least 19 people have been killed after a part of a highway collapsed in Southern China's Guangdong province on Wednesday. 

According to CCTV, the incident transpired around 2:10 am (1810 GMT Tuesday), causing a section of road between Meizhou city and Dabu county to cave in, trapping dozens of people in 18 vehicles.


 As per officials, the people who were taken were "not currently at risk."

Several videos circulating online shared by local news outlets showed flames and smoke billowing from a deep pit into which the cars appeared to have fallen.

CCTV reported that approximately 500 individuals have been sent to the site by authorities to assist with the rescue efforts. 

These personnel are sourced from various departments responsible for public security, emergency response, firefighting, and mining rescue. 

Local authorities issued a notice indicating the closure of part of the S12 highway in both directions and instructed drivers to follow alternative routes.

Further details awaited. 

- With inputs from agencies

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