One dead, 10 missing as hotel collapses in China




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A hotel collapsed eastern China Monday, leaving at least one person dead and 10 others missing, the local said.

Rescuers had pulled seven survivors from the rubble the Siji Kaiyuan hotel the popular tourist city Suzhou, according to a on the city official social media account.

The Suzhou said it “sparing no effort to treat the injured”, adding that authorities were investigating the cause the .

The Siji Kaiyuan opened 2018 and had 54 guest rooms as well as a banquet hall and rooms, according to its listing on the travel site Ctrip.

Images published by CCTV showed more than a dozen rescue workers in helmets at the site of the , with the warped cladding of the hotel visible atop a mound of rubble.

The images showed broken glass littering the ground around the rescuers, with pipes protruding from what appeared to be parts of the building that remained standing.

China’ Ministry of Emergency Management published footage of rescuers pulling a shirtless with a leg wound from the rubble on a stretcher.

Medics were waiting for the , who appeared conscious.

The ministry said more than 500 firefighters had to be deployed to carry out the rescue.


Additional footage shared by Chinese media showed a crowd of onlookers filming the rescue on their phones.

Suzhou, a city of 12 million roughly 100 kilometres west of Shanghai, is a popular destination for tourists drawn to its canals and centuries- gardens.

Building collapses or accidents are not uncommon in China, often due to lax construction standards or corruption.

The collapse of a quarantine hotel in southern China’ Quanzhou city last March killed 29 people, with authorities later finding that three floors had been added illegally to the building’ original four-storey structure.

And authorities in May evacuated one of China’s tallest skyscrapers, the SEG Plaza in the southern city of Shenzhen, after it shook multiple times several days.

At least 20 people died in 2016 when a series of crudely constructed multi-storey buildings packed with migrant workers collapsed in the eastern city of Wenzhou.

And in 2019, 10 people were killed in Shanghai after the collapse of a commercial building during renovations.

(AFP)