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The Qiqihar Gymnasium in Heilongjiang Province collapsed just before 3 p.m. (Representative)

Beijing, China:

Ten people died and one was trapped after the roof of a school gymnasium collapsed in northeast China, state media reported on Monday.

The gymnasium at No. 34 Middle School in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province, collapsed just before 3:00 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

As of 5:30 a.m. Monday, 14 people had been extracted from the wreckage, state broadcaster CCTV said, “of which four were extracted without vital signs and six died after treatment failed.”

Footage released by CCTV showed the entire roof had collapsed onto the gymnasium and rescuers were picking up the debris.

“A search and rescue operation involving nearly 160 firefighters and 39 fire trucks has been launched,” CCTV said.

An initial investigation into the collapse found that construction workers had placed perlite – a form of volcanic glass – on the roof, Xinhua said.

Heavy rain then caused the perlite to expand, causing the roof to collapse, he added.

“The officials of the construction company have been taken into custody,” the official news agency reported.

Industrial accidents are common in China due to lax safety standards and poor enforcement.

One of the worst such accidents took place in 2015 in Tianjin, where a huge explosion in a chemical warehouse killed at least 165 people.

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