7 killed after building collapse in Ugandan capital

building collapse
building collapse

Seven workers were confirmed dead on Sunday after a building under construction collapsed on Saturday in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

More deaths could be recorded, Luke Owoyesigire, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman, told Xinhua by telephone.

“Six bodies have been recovered out of the rubble and their bodies taken to city mortuary for postmortem,” Owoyesigire said.

He added that one other person died on his way to hospital after being removed from the rubble.

“Three people were gotten out alive. Unfortunately, one of them was pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital, making the number of those that survived with injuries come to two,” he added.

Owoyesigire said investigations were under way to establish the cause of the accident.

By nightfall on Sunday, a combined team of police and Red Cross personnel were still conducting the search and rescue mission.

Owoyesigire earlier said there are reports that some people are still trapped under the rubble.

Building collapses are common in Uganda, with many blamed on poor workmanship.

In January, several lives were lost in the same area after a building under construction collapsed. Enditem


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