Dozens trapped in South Africa shopping mall collapse
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 01:01
Nov. 19 - Section of shopping mall under construction collapses near the city of Durban. Jennifer Davis reports.
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Rescue teams worked late into the night combing through broken concrete slabs and twisted bits of metal.
At least one person was killed and up to 50 people were trapped when a section of a shopping mall under construction near the South African city of Durban caved in.
More than two dozen others, some in critical condition, were rushed to a nearby hospital.
Tuesday night, large crowds watched anxiously as sniffer dogs looked for survivors in debris.
One official said local authorities had tried to stop construction of the three-story structure a month ago.
Durban's Deputy Mayor spoke to reporters.
(SOUNDBITE) (Zulu) Durban Deputy Mayor, Nomvuzo Shabalala saying:
"What we know as the City Council of Durban is that there were rules and regulations that were never followed in connection with this building. We were under the impression the construction of this building had stopped during the past month. We were also shocked today when we got the report that the structure had collapsed and there were people working inside."
It's unclear what caused the accident.
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