At least seventeen persons have been confirmed dead after a restaurant collapsed in northern China.
The two-storey building used for banquets came down in the morning in Xiangfen county, in Shanxi province, according to broadcaster CGTN.
Xinhua news agency reported that “45 people have been brought out, of which 17 were dead, seven seriously injured and 21 slightly injured.”
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.
Seven hundred people were involved in the rescue operation, CGTN said.
While the cause of the disaster was not immediately clear, China is no stranger to building collapses and deadly construction accidents.