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9-story residential building collapses into pile of rubble in SW China; 16 people missing

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BEIJING — A nine-story residential building in southwest China collapsed following a landslide on Wednesday, and 16 people remained missing hours later, the city government said.

PHOTO: Rescuers work amid the debris of a collapsed nine-story residential building in Guiyang in southwestern China's Guizhou province Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The building collapsed following a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall on Wednesday, trapping at least several people, the city government said. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT
Rescuers work amid the debris of a collapsed nine-story residential building in Guiyang in southwestern China's Guizhou province Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The building collapsed following a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall on Wednesday, trapping at least several people, the city government said. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

The collapse occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in Guiyang city, leaving a pile of steel, bricks and other rubble. By early evening, the city government said 98 residents had been found safe. It was still trying to contact 16 others, and cellphone signals of 15 of them had been traced to the site.

The government said in a statement that heavy rainfall led to the collapse of the building with 35 households and that people in the surrounding area had been evacuated. More than 100 rescuers were at the scene and no casualties had been found by mid-afternoon, it said.

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PHOTO: Rescuers work amid the debris of a collapsed nine-story residential building in Guiyang in southwestern China's Guizhou province Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The building collapsed following a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall on Wednesday, trapping at least several people, the city government said. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT
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