One person has died and up to 50 people are feared trapped after a part-constructed shopping centre collapsed in Durban, South Africa.
The accident happened in Tongaat, near the eastern coastal city on Tuesday. Those reported trapped were working on the building at the time of the accident.
Police spokeswoman Mandy Govender said one person was confirmed dead and at least 26 people have so far been pulled from the rubble.
“Most of those still trapped inside the building were construction workers,” said Govender.
Emergency paramedics at the scene used sniffer dogs and specialist equipment to find survivors under the vast broken plinth of concrete and mesh of reinforcing bars.
Dean MacPherson, of Crisis Medical Durban, told Al Jazeera that the roof collapsed, triggering four floors beneath to also collapse.
Chris Botha, a spokesman for emergency responders in the area, told the agency that the figure had not been confirmed. Firefighters were responding to the emergency.
The cause of the roof collapse was not immediately clear.