The death toll from a Chinese hotel collapse has risen to 17

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The death toll from a Chinese hotel collapse has risen to 17
Rescuers used cranes, ladders, metal cutters and search dogs to look for survivors. Photo: AP

The death toll from the collapse of a hotel in eastern China was raised to 17 on Wednesday, as authorities called an end to the search and rescue operation.

Suzhou’s social media feed reported that 23 people had been pulled alive from the ruins of the Kaiyuan Hotel, which collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

Cranes, ladders, metal cutters, and search dogs were used by rescuers to look for survivors.

Twenty-three people were stranded. The vast majority of those killed were hotel guests.

For the operation, more than 600 people, including earthquake rescue teams, and 120 vehicles were mobilised.

Suzhou is located in Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai. (AP)

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