At least 29 dead in China restaurant collapse

The two-storey building used for banquets came down in the morning on Aug 29 in Xiangfen county, in Shanxi province. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM CGTN/YOUTUBE
The two-storey building used for banquets came down in the morning on Aug 29 in Xiangfen county, in Shanxi province. PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM CGTN/YOUTUBE

BEIJING (AFP) -At least 29 people died on Saturday (Aug 29) when a restaurant in northern China collapsed, authorities said on Sunday, as a probe on the accident is underway.

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

A total of 57 people were pulled out of the debris of the collapsed two-story building.

Twenty-nine of them were confirmed dead, seven were severely injured and 21 others suffered minor injuries. The conditions of the seven serious cases were not life-threatening.

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

CGTN said 700 people were involved in the rescue operation.

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The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear but an investigation team has been set up to probe the accident.

China is no stranger to building collapses and deadly construction accidents.

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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