Hotel collapse in China’s Suzhou kills 17, injures five


Search operations took place over three days. (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

Some seventeen people have died after a hotel collapse in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou. After 36 hours of search operations, rescue workers found 23 people buried in the rubble – six of whom were found alive.

Preliminary investigation found the collapse was caused by the owner altering the structure of the building.

The building is said to have undergone frequent renovations in recent years. One resident said the building used to have only three floors, but over the years they have been adding extra floors.

The Jiangsu Provincial Government said an investigations team was looking into the accident, adding that relevant individuals would face criminal charges.

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