BEIJING—A two-story restaurant in a northern Chinese village collapsed during a local resident’s 80th birthday celebration, leaving 29 people dead, authorities said Sunday.
The Ministry of Emergency Management said another 28 people were injured, seven of them seriously, when the building suddenly crumbled on Saturday.
There was no immediate word on what caused the collapse or on the fate of the birthday guest and other celebrants.
The building collapsed at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday in Xiangfen county in the southwest of Shanxi province, the Ministry of Emergency Management said in a statement.
The region lies in the heart of China’s coal country, where thousands of miners have died in explosions, collapses, and floods over the years.