13 dead after two-storey restaurant collapses in China

Thirteen people were killed in China after a two-storey restaurant collapsed during a gathering Saturday morning, state media said.

State broadcaster CCTV said in a social media post that 30 other people were brought out from the rubble, including four with serious injuries. The restaurant was in Shanxi province’s Xiangfen county, about 630 kilometres southwest of Beijing.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.

Hundreds of rescue workers, wearing hard hats and face masks, searched for trapped people in a daylong operation.

Video posted by CCTV showed them hefting heavy pieces of concrete. At least once, the remaining frame of the building shook but didn’t fall.

Hundreds of rescue workers searched for trapped people in a daylong operation. (Chinatopix via AP)

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