A hotel in eastern China has collapsed on Monday leading to the death of at least one person and 10 others missing, the local authorities said.
A statement on the city government’s official social media account said some rescuers had pulled seven survivors from the rubble of the budget Siji Kaiyuan hotel; in the popular tourist city of Suzhou.
The statement stated that the Suzhou government said it was “sparing no effort to treat the injured”, adding that authorities were investigating the cause of the disaster.
The Siji Kaiyuan hotel began its operations in 2018 and had 54 guest rooms, a banquet hall as well as conference rooms, according to its listing on the travel site trip.
There were more than a dozen rescue workers as images published by CCTV displayed the workers in helmets at the site of the disaster; with the distorted cladding of the hotel visible atop a mound of rubble.
The images also showed broken glass which littered the ground around the rescuers, with pipes protruding from what appeared to be parts of the building that remained standing.
The ministry said more than 500 firefighters had to be deployed to carry out the rescue.
Additional footage shared by other Chinese media showed a crowd of onlookers filming the rescue on their phones.
The City of Suzhou is a well-known destination for tourists that are drawn to its canals and centuries-old gardens. It is a city of over 12 million, roughly 100 kilometres west of Shanghai.
According to reports building collapses are common in China; as a result of lax construction standards or corruption.
Recall that the collapse of a quarantined hotel in southern China’s Quanzhou city last March which resulted in the death of 29 people; had three floors added illegally to the building’s original four-story structure.
In May, China’s authorities evacuated one of China’s tallest skyscrapers, the SEG Plaza in the southern city of Shenzhen, after it shook multiple times over several days.
In another media report, at least 20 people died in 2016 when a series of crudely constructed multi-storey buildings packed with migrant workers collapsed in the eastern city of Wenzhou.