highway collapse kills at least 24 in south of country

At least 24 people died overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday May 1 in the collapse of part of a highway in China, in the Guangdong province, in the south of the country, state media announced.

Twenty vehicles were “trapped” by the collapse of a section of nearly 18 meters, which occurred shortly after 2 a.m. local time, involving 54 people in total, reported the New China news agency.

At least “24 people were confirmed dead and 30” were hospitalized, said New China in a report established in the middle of the afternoon. The lives of those hospitalized are not in danger.

CCTV television said the collapse was a “natural geological disaster” that occurred “under the impact of persistent heavy rain”.

Emergency services on site

Images posted on social media and reported in local media showed smoke and flames rising from a deep ditch where the cars plunged.

The authorities announced the sending of nearly 500 people to help with relief efforts, according to state media. The reason for the collapse has not yet been mentioned.

Guangdong province has been hit by a series of violent weather events in recent weeks, ranging from deadly floods to a destructive tornado.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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