Hu orders punishment over bridge collapse


China’s president has called for the severe punishment of people responsible for a bridge collapse that killed at least 41 people, in one of the country’s worst ever construction disasters. Rescuers on Thursday smashed through the rubble of the bridge, which was nearing completion, in the southern tourist town of Fenghuang searching for about two dozen people missing since Monday’s collapse.

“Measures must be taken to ensure lessons are learnt from the accident so that similar accident shall not happen again,” Hu said.