One dead, 10 missing as hotel collapses in China

July 14, 2021
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A hotel collapsed in China, on Monday, leaving at least one person dead and 10 others missing, the local government said.

Rescuers had pulled seven survivors from the rubble of the budget Siji Kaiyuan hotel in the popular tourist city of Suzhou, according to a statement on the city government’s official social media account.

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

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The Siji Kaiyuan opened in 2018 and had 54 guest rooms as well as a banquet hall and conference 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 disaster, 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’s Ministry of Emergency Management published footage of rescuers pulling a shirtless man with a leg wound from the rubble on a stretcher.

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