July 14, 2021
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.
A preliminary investigation found the collapse was caused by the owner altering the structure of the building, according to the Global Times.
The building is said to have undergone frequent renovations in recent years.
“The building used to have only three floors, but over the years they have been adding extra floors,” one resident told news outlet Red Star News.