At least 29 people are dead after a two-storey restaurant collapsed during a birthday party in China.

A further 28 were injured, including seven of them seriously, and 57 people were brought out alive, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said.

The building in Linfen city suddenly fell apart on Sunday but it is not yet clear what caused this.

Medical workers carry an injured person out of the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Linfen, in China's northern Shanxi province
Image: Dozens of people were killed or injured in the collapse

Hundreds of rescue workers searched all day in an operation that has now been concluded.

Heavy machinery and trained dogs were also used.

The government’s State Council announced it would lead the investigation into the cause of the collapse.

Linfen is in Shanxi province’s Xiangfen county, about 400 miles southwest of the Chinese capital Beijing.

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