Latvian supermarket collapse takes 52 lives

2013-11-23 11:29

Riga, Latvia – Latvian police say the death toll from the collapse of a crowded supermarket roof has risen to 52 and that the rescue operation has temporarily been halted.

Police spokesperson Sigita Pildava said today that only a small section of the store ruins remained but firefighters decided not to proceed given the risk of further collapse.

The roof fell on Thursday evening in the Latvian capital of Riga as customers were doing after-work shopping. At least 35 were wounded and 28 remained hospitalised late yesterday.

An investigation into the Baltic state’s deadliest accident ever has started, and preliminary reports indicate that the supermarket roof caved in due to either faulty construction or building activities on the roof, where workers were creating a garden area and children’s playground.

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