Nov. 20 - Search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed South African shopping mall winds down. Paul Chapman reports
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The search for survivors beneath the rubble of a collapsed South African shopping mall is being wound down.
The decision was announced on Wednesday as fire service officials said everyone was now probably accounted for.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEX GLOSTER, METRO FIRE EMERGENCY SERVICES, SAYING:
"We are de-escalating the operations based on the information that we have at present that all persons are in probability accounted for."
At least one person died and 29 more were injured when a section of the half-built mall near Durban collapsed on Tuesday.
Witnesses said it was a horrific sight.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JENNIFER NAIDOO, WITNESS, SAYING:
"I saw the mall collapsing and I saw people flying over the mall and coming onto the rail track and it was really traumatising to see something like that. Lots of people were injured, the whole wall collapsed on them and there were lots of screams."
The owner of the mall site has been identified as a South African businessman well known in Durban.