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More than 60 killed in construction site collapse in China

Posted: 7:45 AM, Nov 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-24 07:45:58-05

BEIJING — More than 60 people have been killed after a platform collapsed at a Chinese power plant, according to state-run broadcaster CCTV.

The death toll has risen to 67 and two other workers were injured at the site in eastern China, state media says.

One person is reported missing and media says the worker is still trapped under the scaffolding.

More than 200 firefighters were deployed, as well as search and rescue dogs. Sixty-eight people were working on the platform at the time of the collapse, according to China’s State Administration of Work Safety.

The platform had been built around a cooling tower that was undergoing repairs in Fengcheng city, in the southern province of Jiangxi, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Images from CCTV showed a pile of twisted metal and dozens of rescue workers searching for victims under the rubble.

The latest reported death toll suggests that nearly all the construction workers at the cooling tower perished. Local media reports say close to 70 people were working at the site when the scaffolding collapsed.

In a statement, Chinese premier Li Keqiang called for rescue teams to “work around the clock to save people trapped” and to “make every effort to treat the wounded and try their best to reduce casualties.”