11 killed after school gym roof collapses in northeastern China

Eleven people died after the roof of a school gym collapsed in northeastern China, state media reported yesterday. The collapse in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province was caused by construction workers illegally placing perlite — a form of volcanic glass — on the building’s roof, state news agency Xinhua said. Heavy rain then led the perlite to expand and increase in weight, causing the roof to collapse, it added. An in-depth investigation of the accident was in progress, state media CCTV has said, with those in charge of the construction company having been placed in police custody.

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