Death toll in China hotel collapse has increased as Eight people have been confirmed dead and nine more remain missing after a budget hotel collapsed in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, the local government said Tuesday.
According to the government of the district of Wujiang on its official social media feed, Six others were rescued from the rubble of the Siji Kaiyuan hotel which collapsed on Monday afternoon.
Authorities had earlier suggested that 14 people had already been rescued but offered the new tally following “further analysis and screening of new information”.
The cause of the disaster has not been given at the time of filling this report.
The hotel opened in 2018 and had 54 guest rooms, according to its listing on the travel site Ctrip.
Images from the scene showed orange-clad rescue workers swarming over large piles of rubble.
Suzhou, a city of more than 12 million people roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Shanghai, is a popular destination for tourists drawn to its canals and centuries-old gardens.