This is the touching story of a father who saved his little daughter after building collapsed by using his body as a shield.
A hero dad has died after using his body to protect his 3-year-old daughter from death after a building collapsed in China.
According to AFP, the little girl was protected by the embrace of her dead father after she they pulled out of the rubble of collapsed multi-storey buildings in China, reports said Tuesday.
The report further states that she was found deep in the debris of four six-storey residential buildings more than 12 hours after they crumbled in Wenzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang, killing at least 22 people, state broadcaster CCTV said.
The little girl identified as Wu Ningxi survived with only minor injuries thanks to the protection offered by her young father, who was found dead after shielding her from falling rubble, it added.
“The child was able to survive entirely thanks to the fact that her dad used his own flesh and blood to prop up a life-saving space for his daughter,” a rescuer told the China Youth Daily.
The dead man was a 26-year-old shoe factory worker. The collapse buried the family alive in their living room and the body of Wu’s mother was discovered not far from the pair. The cause of the disaster was still under investigation, CCTV said.
Authorities revealed that recent heavy rainfall combined with the poor quality of construction and age of the buildings, built by the villagers themselves, were probable contributing factors, it cited a preliminary analysis as saying.
Neighbouring buildings constructed in the 1970s were being demolished to prevent further collapses, the official Xinhua news agency reported.