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Building collapse in Sri Lanka's capital injures 19

19 Mai 2017

One person died and at least 21 others were injured when a seven-story building under construction in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo collapsed Thursday, the police said.

Rescue operations were hampered by heavy monsoon rains that began shortly after "The Excellency" reception hall collapsed, police said.

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Hundreds of soldiers, police and firefighters were searching for anyone who might be trapped inside the building.

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Military spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said soldiers are in contact with one person who was trapped.

The reason for the building collapse was not immediately clear but Jayakody said the weight of the new extension could have been the cause. His respiratory system and heartbeat were not functioning when he was admitted to the hospital and efforts to resuscitate him failed, Jasinghe said. He said people in the area helped evacuate the injured before police and firefighters arrived.

Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody says the building collapsed Thursday and 19 people have been sent to hospitals.

Building collapse in Sri Lanka's capital injures 19