Chinese subway collapse death toll now 10

Authorities say a collapse at a subway construction site in southern China has killed 10 people.
Authorities say a collapse at a subway construction site in southern China has killed 10 people.

The death toll from a subway construction site collapse in southern China has risen to 10 after two more bodies were found, local authorities say.

Nine others were taken to hospital after an eight-lane road caved in above an under-construction subway line in Foshan City, Guangdong province, on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The injured people were in a stable condition, authorities said. One person was still missing.

According to a preliminary investigation, the collapse was caused by a sudden flood that occurred at the construction site. The collapsed area was about the size of two basketball courts and about seven metres deep, state broadcaster CGTN said.

A large pit filled with mud, water, trees and street lights had formed. Authorities suspended water and power lines and dammed rivers during the ongoing rescue efforts.

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