South Africa Mall Collapses Traps 40 Construction Workers

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 10.55.38 AMBBC Reports that two people have died and about 40 are feared trapped after a roof collapsed at the construction site of a South African shopping mall, paramedics say.

Rescue teams are working in the dark to find those beneath the rubble at the site in Tongaat, north of Durban.

Crisis Medical, an emergency service provider in Durban, told BBC Focus on Africa that about 30 people had been taken to hospitals in the area.

Officials said those trapped were construction workers.

“It was a mall building still under construction; most of those still trapped inside the building were construction workers,” police spokeswoman Mandy Govender told the AFP news agency.

“Rescue operations are becoming extremely difficult in the dark,” Neil Powell, operations director for Crisis Medical, told the BBC World Service radio programme Focus on Africa.


“So far there are two deaths, 30 have already been transported [to hospitals] and there’s still 40 trapped,” he said.  READ MORE

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