Swift care for church collapse survivors

2014-09-22 12:00
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A plane carrying South Africans injured in a building collapse in Nigeria has arrived at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria. See the photos.

Pretoria - Military personnel on Monday morning swiftly attended to South Africans injured in the Nigeria church building collapse.

Shortly after the C130 SA Air Force plane carrying them landed at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria, an initial batch of the patients was whisked off to hospital.

Most of the patients were brought out of the plane on stretchers and taken to ambulances parked nearby.

A woman in a red dress, supported by two soldiers, limped to one of the ambulances. Others could also walk to the ambulances, with assistance.

A convoy of Tshwane metro police officers on motorbikes and SA Police Service vehicles escorted the first two ambulances from the military base shortly after 11:00.

Members of a government inter-ministerial task force, led by Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe, approached the plane carrying the 26 injured South Africans after it landed.

The C130 SA Air Force plane touched down at 10:42.

Three children were among the injured, including an 18-month-old baby and a two-year-old toddler who lost both their parents in the collapse that killed 84 South Africans.

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