Spotlights turned on as KZN rescue under way

2013-11-19 20:32
(Robert McKenzie KZN EMS)

(Robert McKenzie KZN EMS)

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Johannesburg – Police and emergency services have turned on spotlights as they continue their search for survivors, after the roof of the Tongaat mall collapsed.

A rescue mission was in full swing on Tuesday  when the construction site collapsed killing one, and injuring 29.

An eThekwini municipality fire official said emergency teams were working to prevent further collapses at the site.

"There is work in progress to try and stabilise the situation," he told AFP, refusing to give his name because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Police spokesperson Mandy Govender said:  "The dogs are now combing the area for survivors. There's just chunks and chunks of concrete and we don't know what's underneath."

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said 29 people were taken to hospital and that emergency workers were searching for another 50 feared trapped under the rubble.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed the death of a worker, who was trapped under the rubble.

Robert McKenzie of KZN EMS said the incident had caused traffic congested in the area.

A Sapa reporter on the scene said about a hundred onlookers were standing at the edge of the cordoned off construction site.

Durban University of Technology rescue teams have now joined the operation to assist, The Witness has tweeted.

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