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Death toll rises to 9 in east China sewage tank collapse

Christian Fernsby |
Death toll has risen to nine in a sewage tank collapse at a printing and dyeing mill in east China's Zhejiang Province, local authorities said.

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The accident occurred at around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday in the Haining Longzhou Printing and Dyeing Co., Ltd. in the city of Haining. Four people were severely injured and are under treatment in hospital, according to a municipal government spokesperson.

More than 500 rescue workers and 30 vehicles had joined the rescue search operations, the spokesperson said.

Local government has launched an emergency plan to treat pollution and monitor water quality of nearby rivers.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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