Disasters & Accidents

Building collapse in Brazil leaves 3 dead

Recife, Brazil, Apr 28 (EFE).- At least three people were killed when an apartment building in the northeastern Brazilian city of Olinda collapsed, authorities said Friday.

A man, a woman, and a 13-year-old boy were confirmed dead, while searchers located two people trapped amid the rubble, but were unable to determine whether they were alive.

Another person thought to have been in the building at the time of the collapse Thursday night remains unaccounted for.

Around 100 firefighters and other first responders have been searching through the wreckage.

The Leme building, located in a poor neighborhood of the colonial-era city near Recife, was deemed unsafe more than 20 years ago and the residents were ordered to leave.

Four of the five injured survivors were taken to hospitals in Paulista and Recife, including two women listed in serious conditions.

Supporting the search effort are sniffer dogs and technicians from the Anatel telecommunication regulator equipped with devices to detect cell phone signals. EFE wgm-mp/dr

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