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Brazil building collapse: Death toll rises to 16

Published: April 17, 2019 15:15:56 | Updated: April 20, 2019 19:50:32


The death toll has risen to 16 following the collapse of two buildings in a favela in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, broadcaster Globo reported.

Rescuers have found four bodies in the rubble of the two collapsed buildings, bringing the death toll to 16, but there are eight people still missing, fire-fighters said.

The body of a woman was found in the early morning and later rescue crews found the bodies of a pregnant woman, her mother and a child. They were on the list of the missing persons, they said.

The rescue efforts continue for the fifth day in an attempt to find the missing people amid the rubble.

More than 100 fire-fighters, 30 military engineers as well as rescue dogs are conducting the rescue operation, reports Xinhua.

Four injured people remain hospitalized with two of them in critical condition.

The cause that led to the Friday collapse has yet to be determined.

The Rio de Janeiro mayor's office cordoned off the 13 buildings next to the two collapsed ones and evacuated all the inhabitants in them.

Authorities are only allowing residents of these buildings to enter for a few minutes to retrieve their belongings.

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