At least 10 people were killed and over 90 were injured when a building collapsed during a wedding ceremony in Pan’an County of Jinhua City of Zhejiang province, local authorities say.
Around 5:20 p.m. on Thursday in Yazhuang village, the roof of the building fell into itself while over 200 guests were inside celebrating in the hall, which was an old structure, according to Yu Manxing, a county government spokesman.
Over 100 firefighters and police officers came to the scene along with villagers who volunteered to help after the collapse, CNTV.cn reports
“Just a few minutes after I sat down to dine, I heard creaking wood. Then the roof fell in the minute I looked up,” said Chen Dianzhong, a guest at the celebration being treated for injuries.
Police believe that excess snow collected on the roof caused it to collapse.
A total of 91 people were injured and 11 of them remain hospitalized in severe condition, Yu said. The county government has now ordered all villages to temporarily halt large gatherings.