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At least 22 people died after a group of residential buildings collapsed in eastern China, state media reports.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the incident on October 10 saw four buildings in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, reduced to rubble.

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The buildings were reportedly built by villagers in the 1970s and were in a poor condition.

Most victims were migrant workers who had been renting cheap rooms.

Six people have been pulled out of the rubble alive.

One survivor was a young girl who was protected by the bodies of her dead parents, reported the Global Times.