At least three people have died and several remain trapped after a building collapsed in south-central China in the early hours of Sunday, state media reported.
The residential block in Rucheng county of Chenzhou city, Hunan province, collapsed shortly after midnight, according to government broadcaster CCTV.
Of the building’s 27 occupants, 15 escaped and 12 were trapped beneath the rubble.
Hundreds of rescue workers were mobilised and so far ten of those trapped have been recovered. Seven are still undergoing treatment in hospital while three have been confirmed dead.