Kolkata, India: A hotel collapsed in eastern China on Monday, killing at least one person and leaving ten people missing, local administration told CCTV media outlet.
According to a post on the municipal government’s official social media account, rescuers have retrieved seven people from the rubble of the budget Siji Kaiyuan hotel in the popular tourist city of Suzhou.
The government of Suzhou claimed it was “putting out all effort to treat the injured,” and that authorities were investigating the disaster’s cause.
According to its listing on the travel portal Ctrip, the Siji Kaiyuan debuted in 2018 and has 54 guest rooms, as well as a banquet hall and meeting rooms.
More than a dozen rescue personnel in helmets were seen at the tragedy site, with the hotel’s distorted facade visible above a mound of wreckage, according to CCTV images.
Broken glass littered the ground around the rescuers, with pipes emerging from what looked to be pieces of the building that remained intact, according to CCTV photos.
A mob of witnesses was seen documenting the rescue on their phones, according to video footage posted by other Chinese media.
Building collapses and accidents are widespread in China, generally as a result of low building standards or corruption.
Last March, a quarantined hotel in Quanzhou, southern China, collapsed, killing 29 people. Authorities later discovered that three levels had been unlawfully added to the building’s original four-story structure.
In May, authorities ordered the evacuation of the SEG Plaza in Shenzhen, one of China’s highest skyscrapers, after it shook many times over several days.
In 2016, a series of shoddily constructed multi-story buildings crowded with migrant laborers in the eastern city of Wenzhou collapsed, killing at least 20 people.
In Shanghai, ten people were killed in 2019 when a business building collapsed during repairs.