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Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Eight dead in China hotel collapse






Eight people have died and nine others are unaccounted for after a hotel collapsed in China. 


Rescuers have spent a day sifting through the wreckage of a hotel in Suzhou for any survivors.


The cause of the collapse is being investigated.


Six people were rescued alive while the bodies of eight people were discovered.


More than 600 people have been taking part in the search for survivors


The 54-room Siji Kaiyuan Hotel had just three floors.


"Although the building itself is not tall, the collapse was not partial. It collapsed in its entirety, after which the structure was crushed into pieces," said Chen Zhi'ang, a fire service official in charge of the rescue efforts.


Officials said the collapse could be due to some structural modifications made to the property.


Suzhou, a city near Shanghai, is highly popular with domestic and international visitors for its waterways and gardens which are UNESCO listed.


 

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