Many trapped in Rwanda building collapse

2013-05-14 18:20


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Kigali - Around 100 people are feared trapped after a four-storey building under construction collapsed in northeastern Rwanda, the government said on Tuesday.

"So far, the tentative information we have indicates that debris fell on about 100 people, we are yet to come up with the exact figures," Rwanda's minister of disaster management, Seraphine Mukantabana, told AFP.

Police spokesperson Theos Badege said that three people were confirmed dead and 21 people had been taken to hospital.

Those trapped are believed to include both construction workers on the building as well as passersby on the street.

The building, on a roadside in the town of Nyagatare, some 100km northeast of the capital Kigali, collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

"At the moment we are working with the police on a quick response," Mukantabana added.

"The building that collapsed was a four-storey located in Nyagatare district by the roadside, and that is why it affected many people."

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