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Hope fades for 44 trapped in collapsed South African building

Hope fades for 44 trapped in collapsed South African building

RELATIVES of 44 construction workers trapped under a collapsed building in the South African city of George faced a fourth day of anguished waiting as heavy machinery worked at the site in a race against time to find any survivors. Of 81 people who were on site when the five-storey private residential building collapsed on Monday, eight have been confirmed dead and 29 alive, 16 of them in critical condition, according to the latest figures from George municipality. "A number of families... (are) waiting, not knowing what has happened with their children, with their husbands, their uncles," Thulas Nxesi, South…
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Nigeria building collapse kills six, with others feared trapped

Nigeria building collapse kills six, with others feared trapped

A shopping plaza under construction in Nigeria's southeastern Anambra state collapsed, killing at least six people, with others feared trapped in the rubble, the emergency agency said. The building, with more than 120 shops, collapsed in the city of Onitsha, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Tuesday. "Some of the rescued persons have been taken to different hospitals in Onitsha for treatment," NEMA said. A search was underway for other survivors, it said. Building collapses are frequent in Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer due to lax regulations and often substandard construction materials.
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Zambia’s president hopeful that trapped miners still alive

Zambia’s president hopeful that trapped miners still alive

ZAMBIA'S president Hakainde Hichilema said he was still hopeful that at least 25 informal miners trapped four days ago by a mudslide at an open-pit copper mine were still alive, as rescue efforts continued. The miners at Seseli Mine in Chingola, about 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Lusaka, were trapped in three locations and heavy rains had flooded the pit, the government said. "I want to send a clear message that we should not mourn yet because God is a God of wonders," Hichilema told a gathering of thousands of people, including families of the trapped miners in Chingola. The mine…
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