Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Sept. 22

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MUMBAI -- The death toll rose to 20 in the residential building collapse at Bhiwandi, 38 km from Mumbai, India as the rescue operation continues for second day on Tuesday.

Almost 30 hours after the building collapsed on Monday morning, civic officials said that 20 to 25 more people are still feared trapped. So far, 25 injured persons have been admitted to hospitals while around 20 people were rescued by locals immediately after the building collapsed. (India-Building collapse)

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MUANG NGA, Laos -- A Chinese railway engineering company on Tuesday drilled through the Ban Phoukeu Tunnel, the last major long tunnel of nearly 9,000 meters along the China-Laos Railway.

It marked an important milestone in the construction of the cross-border railway, and laid a solid foundation for the timely completion of the mega project. (Laos-China-Railway)

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 291,789 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,635 new daily cases on Tuesday, the lowest in 15 days.

The DOH reported 1,383 new daily cases on Sept. 7. The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 230,643 after it reported 450 more patients have survived the disease. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- Floods and landslides have struck Indonesia's capital of Jakarta and its surrounding areas, leaving two people dead, one missing and 20 others injured, officials said on Tuesday.

A river overflowed its banks due to torrential rains since Monday, and submerged surrounding areas in the capital which has recently been under partial COVID-19 lockdown again, spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Raditya Jati said. (Indonesia-Landslides) Enditem

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