China hotel collapse death toll reaches 17

·1-min read

The death toll in the collapse of a hotel in eastern China has been raised to 17 as authorities ended the search and rescue mission.

The city of Suzhou said on its social media feed on Wednesday that 23 people had been pulled alive from the rubble of the Kaiyuan Hotel, which collapsed on Monday afternoon.

Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Twenty-three people had been trapped.

Most of those killed were hotel guests.

More than 600 people including earthquake rescue teams and 120 vehicles were mobilised for the operation.

Suzhou city is in Jiangsu province near Shanghai.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting