Tuesday, November 19, 2013

World News: Two dead, dozens feared trapped at site of collapsed South African mall

Rescuers have been working in the dark to find and free dozens believed trapped under a collapsed mall in South Africa, according to news outlets. Two people have died.

A roof collapsed at the construction site of a shopping mall in Tongaat, north of Durban, according to the BBC. Crisis Medical, an emergency service provider in Durban, told BBC Focus on Africa that 30 people had been taken to hospitals in there area. Officials said those trapped were construction workers.

The mall building was under construction, and officials say it's too early to know the cause of the collapse. The accident happened 4:30 local time, officials said. BBC news reported about 100 rescue workers are at the scene where cranes are being used to break through the concrete blocks.

Tongaat is a small town about 25 miles north of Durban surrounded by sugar farms and has a large South African Asian population. Let us keep the rescue workers, construction crews and the injured in our prayers.

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