A day of celebration quickly turned tragic after a restaurant filled with people attending an 80th-birthday breakfast banquet fell in on itself in China Saturday, 31 August.
Twenty-nine people died when the popular Juxian Restaurant collapsed in a village near the city of Linfen, Shanxi province at around 9.40am.
The man whose birthday it was survived because he was outside greeting guests, but his 78-year-old wife was among those who died, reports China Global Television Network (CGTN).
Fifty-seven people were pulled from the wreckage in a rescue operation that lasted until the early hours of Sunday.
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Local media said the building was constructed in the 1980s and had been renovated six times.
The Shanxi government has convened a team to investigate the cause of the collapse.
According to CGTN, the government will also check other buildings in the village for safety.
Image: A still from CGTN’s drone survey of the collapsed restaurant