The buildings collapsed early Monday local time
State media reports they were built by villagers
28 people were rescued from the rubble
Editor’s Note: The story below contains a graphic image
At least 22 people were killed in eastern China when residential buildings collapsed early Monday morning local time, state media reported.
It’s not clear what caused the collapse in Wenzhou, which is 285 miles (460 km) south of Shanghai and located in the province of Zhejiang.
Xinhua news agency reported that the buildings which fell apart were constructed by villagers. The cause of the collapse, according to the agency, is still being investigated.
Some 28 people were rescued, and the six who survived are in stable condition, according to Xinhua.
The latest, the agency reported, was a young girl found in the rubble being shielded from the cave-in by her parents.
The tragic image appears show the immediate aftermath of the collapse frozen in time.
Xinhua reports that the girl’s parents died, but People’s Daily, another state-run news organization, said it “remains to be seen” if the couple will live.
The 800-person rescue operation was finished at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Xinhua reported.