A hotel collapsed in China. At least one person has died, and several people are reported missing

A hotel collapsed on the afternoon of Monday, July 12, in the big tourist city of Suzhou (eastern China), one person losing his life and ten others being reported missing, according to local authorities, reports AFP.

“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.

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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