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Roof Collapse of Mall in Tongaat, South Africa

November 21st, 2013 · 9:24 am @   -  No Comments
Date of Occurrence: November 20th, 2013 Location: Tongaat, South Africa Event: Building Collapse, 1,000 square feet of concrete slab. Fatalities: 1 confirmed, as many as 40 workers unaccounted Injuries/Displaced: 29, developing

1590424035Rescue efforts are underway to find as many as 40 construction workers who were caught under the rubble when a portion of the shopping center collapsed.  The BBC has reported at least one person has died.

IOL News in South Africa reports that roughly 1,000 ft^2 of concrete slabs (18-inches thick) had collapsed of the building.  The city had been attempting to stop construction due to lack of building plans submitted to the city.

Police Patrol near mall in Tongaat (near Durban, South Africa).  Photo from Reuters

Links to news sources with pictures of the collapse and rescue effort are shown below.