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Restaurant collapses in China, killing 17 people


Rescuers search for victims in the aftermath of the restaurant’s collapse.

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Rescuers search for victims in the aftermath of the restaurant’s collapse.

Seventeen people were killed in China after a two-storey restaurant collapsed during a gathering Saturday morning (all times local), state media said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 28 other people were injured in the accident, including seven in serious condition.


More than a dozen people were killed after the restaurant collapsed during a gathering.

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More than a dozen people were killed after the restaurant collapsed during a gathering.

The restaurant was in Shanxi province’s Xiangfen county, about 630km southwest of Beijing.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.

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


Hundreds of first responders searched for people trapped in the rubble.

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Hundreds of first responders searched for people trapped in the rubble.

Video posted on social media by state broadcaster China Central Television showed them hefting heavy pieces of concrete.

At least once, the remaining frame of the building shook but didn’t fall.


Rescuers and medics gather near the site of the disaster.

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Rescuers and medics gather near the site of the disaster.

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