At least 17 dead in China restaurant collapse

Beijing: At least 17 people died on Saturday when a restaurant in northern China collapsed, state media said, with rescuers pulling dozens of survivors from the rubble and searching for others believed to be trapped.

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The two-storey building used for banquets came down in the morning in Xiangfen county, in Shanxi province, according to broadcaster CGTN.

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Xinhua news agency reported that “45 people have been brought out, of which 17 were dead, seven seriously injured and 21 slightly injured.”

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Rescuers in orange overalls and hard hats combed the crumbled ruin of the building, images on the CGTN website showed, with a decorative painting seen on one of the few walls still intact.

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Seven hundred people were involved in the rescue operation, CGTN said.

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While the cause of the disaster was not immediately clear, China is no stranger to building collapses and deadly construction accidents.

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They are typically blamed on the country’s rapid growth leading to corner-cutting by builders and the widespread flouting of safety rules.

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