Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Rescue suspended for victims of Colombia building collapse

Officials suspended their search Monday for workers missing in an apartment building collapse that claimed the lives of at least two people in the city of Medellin.

Nine people were still believed trapped in the ruins of the newly constructed 22-story building, which gave way Saturday.

The search for survivors was hampered by heavy rains, which have made rescue and recovery efforts more difficult.

"At this time, no search and rescue efforts are being carried out to find the nine people missing," authorities said in a statement.

Officials said two bodies were found late Sunday, but had not yet recovered from the debris. They said they managed to pull three people from the rubble alive.

The apartment building, one of several in a complex in the El Poblado municipality southwest of Medellin, caved in Saturday.

It had been evacuated after inspectors warned of a risk of collapse.

Workers were inside trying to shore up the structure when it came down, officials said.

Half the building's 80 apartments were inhabited before the collapse.

Five other towers in the same complex have been evacuated as a precaution, officials said.

Tuesday 15 October 2013



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