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10 dead as quarantine hotel collapses in China

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:13 PM, 8 March 2020  

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At least 10 people were killed in the collapse of quarantine hotel that was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Sunday.

The sudden collapse of the building in the southeastern city of Quanzhou on Saturday evening trapped 71 people, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said.

The ministry said that 38 had been rescued and 23 were still missing. Most of the rescued were taken to hospitals for treatment, some with serious injuries.

The cause of the collapse was under investigation, and the owner of the building was put under police control, reports News Agency Xinhua.

Two retail spaces on the first floor of the seven-story building were undergoing remodeling, and a pillar reportedly deformed a few minutes before the collapse, Xinhua said, quoting a housing and development official.

More than 1,000 firefighters and seven rescue dogs were dispatched to the site, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

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