Published:  01:17 AM, 17 May 2019

19 rescued from collapsed Shanghai building

19 rescued from collapsed Shanghai building Rescue personnel pulled bloodied and dust-coated workers out from rubble in Shanghai following the roof collapse. -AFP

Rescue teams pulled 19 survivors from the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Shanghai on Thursday as it was undergoing redevelopment, authorities said, leaving one person unaccounted for.

The accident occurred at around 11:30 am (0330 GMT) in a central Shanghai neighborhood when the roof of the two-storey building caved in on construction workers, trapping 20 people, fire rescue officials said on social media.

A verified account run by China's emergency ministry showed pictures of rescue personnel pulling bloodied and dust-coated workers out from amid piles of rubble, toppled concrete pillars and shattered wooden beams. The low-rise building had previously been used as a dealership for Mercedes-Benz cars, the fire rescue bureau said.

Chinese media reports said it was being redeveloped as a mixed-use arts and innovation site. A local resident told AFP she was taking a nap when her bed suddenly began shaking, as if in an earthquake. She then heard a loud bang. "I thought it was an explosion at first," said the woman.

-AFP, Shanghai

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