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Death toll rises to 7 in E China subway tunnel collapse

2008-11-17 10:48:11 GMT2008-11-17 18:48:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Rescuers work at the collapsed road where a subway tunnel was under construction in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Nov. 15, 2008. At least one person is dead and 16 are missing and 13 vehicles were also trapped after the road caved in on a subway tunnel under construction in Hangzhou on Saturday. (Xinhua/Tan Jin)

HANGZHOU, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Two more bodies are found in the rubble of a subway construction site collapse in eastern China, bringing the death toll to seven. Rescuers are still searching for 14 others.

Both victims were male. One, surnamed Fang, was from Chun'an county of Zhejiang. The other man is yet to be identified.

Between 400-500 rescuers are looking for 14 people still trapped after a 75-meter section of subway tunnel collapsed Saturday afternoon. The section was under construction in the Xiaoshan District of the Zhejiang Province.

Hope to find the missing still alive is diminishing.

"It (the mire) could be as deep as seven meters," said Yang Zhongjie, an expert with the rescue team. Yang added that water in the pit was drained Sunday but there were still as many as 20,000 cubic meters of mire to be cleared.

The collapse injured 24 people, all of whom were initially hospitalized. So far, eleven have been discharged.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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