Death toll in China hotel collapse rises to eight

Death toll in China hotel collapse rises to eight

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Shanghai: The local government said on Tuesday that eight people have been confirmed dead and nine others are missing after a budget hotel in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou collapsed.

Six others were rescued from the rubble of the Siji Kaiyuan hotel, which collapsed on Monday afternoon, the government of the district of Wujiang said on an official social media feed.

Authorities had earlier suggested that 14 people had already been rescued but offered the new tally following “further analysis and screening of new information”.

No cause for the disaster has yet been given.

The hotel opened in 2018 and had 54 guest rooms, according to its listing on the travel site Ctrip.

Images at the scene showed rescuers in orange clothes swarming to piles of rubble.

Suzhou, a city of more than 12 million people roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Shanghai, is a popular destination for tourists drawn to its canals and centuries-old gardens.

Building collapses or accidents are not uncommon in China and are often blamed on lax construction standards or corruption.

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

In May, the authorities evacuated Shenzhen SEG Plaza, one of China’s tallest skyscrapers, after several shakes within a few days.

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