July 14, 2021 – 09:49
17 people have lost their lives after a hotel collapsed in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou.
After 36 hours of search operations, rescue teams found 23 people under the rubble, six of whom were found alive.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the demolition was caused by the owner who changed the structure of the building, according to the Global Times.
The building is said to have undergone frequent renovations in recent years.
“The building once had only three floors, but over the years they have added extra floors,” a resident told Red Star News.
The Jiangsu Provincial Government warned that those responsible would face criminal charges. The hotel collapsed on Monday afternoon, around 15:33 local time. More than 600 employees were engaged to rescue the people who were in the hotel.
It was initially believed there were 18 people in the 54-room hotel at the time of the collapse, but it was later revealed that there were also five unregistered guests. / tch