Police in China have launched an investigation after the death toll in the collapse of a platform under construction at a power plant rose to 74.
Initially 40 people were reported dead after part of a 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant under construction at the Ganneng Fengcheng power station in China collapsed on Thursday morning.
According to first reports from Xinhua, the accident was caused when scaffolding around a cooling tower platform collapsed. Later on Friday, the official China Daily newspaper said the accident happened when a tower crane collapsed, triggering the collapse of the entire construction platform as the night shift was being relieved by the morning shift.
The construction of two coal-fired power units at the site began last July and were expected to be completed by early 2018, the local Yichun city government said on a verified social media account last year.
The expansion project cost a total of $1.1bn, it added.
In August a pipeline explosion at a coal-fired power plant in the neighbouring province of Hubei killed 21.
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