“Rescue operations are ongoing and an investigation is underway to determine the causes of the drama,” which occurred at 15:33 local time (07:33 GMT), the mayor’s office announced on the social network Weibo.
Seven people have been rescued from the rubble of the Siji Kaiyuan Hotel, but three are in a precarious condition, according to the same source.
#China: One person is dead and seven are injured after a hotel in Suzhou, a city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, collapsed.
Another 10 people are still missing while a rescue operation is currently underway, according to the local government. pic.twitter.com/CNWp2ObiN3– Wᵒˡᵛᵉʳᶤᶰᵉ Uᵖᵈᵃᵗᵉˢ𖤐 (@W0lverineupdate) July 12, 2021
The hotel was opened in 2018 and had 54 rooms, as well as a banquet hall, according to its description on the Chinese tourist booking site Ctrip.
In the images broadcast by CCTV, dozens of rescuers can be seen in orange overalls and with helmets, next to a mountain of rubble.
Suzhou is a city with a rich historical and architectural heritage that attracts many tourists. This city of about 12 million inhabitants is located about 80 km west of Shanghai.
Cases of real estate collapse occur regularly in China, with most investigations revealing non-compliance with construction regulations.
In March 2020, a hotel requisitioned as a quarantine site for the COVID-19 epidemic collapsed in the coastal city of Quanzhou, killing 29 people.
Authorities found during the investigation that three floors were illegally added to the building, which originally had four floors.
In 2016, at least 20 people died after multi-storey buildings, where workers lived, collapsed in Wenzhou City.
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