Breaking news: Death toll rises to 10 after hotel collapses in China

  • China
  • Sunday, 08 Mar 2020

A firefighter rescues a child at the site where a hotel being used for the coronavirus quarantine collapsed, in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China, on Sunday (March 8). - China Daily/ANN

FUZHOU: The death toll has risen to 10 as of 5pm on Sunday (March 8) after a hotel building collapsed in east China's Fujian Province Saturday evening, local authorities said.

Forty-eight people had been rescued and 23 others remain trapped.

The Xinjia Hotel collapsed at around 7.05pm in Licheng District of the city of Quanzhou, trapping 71 people.

A preliminary investigation showed the hotel building was being decorated when the accident occurred and the owner of the building has been put under police control.

Construction of the building, with a floor area of 7,000 square meters, began in 2013. It was converted into a hotel in 2018 with 66 rooms.

Over 1,000 firefighters, police officers and medics have been dispatched to join the rescue work and the Ministry of Emergency Management has sent a work team to Quanzhou to help with the rescue efforts and investigate the cause of the accident.

Further rescue is underway. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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