Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

30 June 2014

South Africa: Power Park Building Collapse - Desperate Need to Survive Leads to Deaths

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The Power Park building collapse has claimed the lives of three people as rescue workers, with the help of engineers, prepare for an extensive search for more casualties scheduled to take place on Monday.

Rescue workers have retrieved three bodies from the rubble in the

Power Park building collapse, while another five people were rescued alive and taken to hospital. But uncertainty remains as to the exact number of people still trapped after the collapse that occurred on Wednesday.

The number of people trapped was initially thought to have been about 15. All five survivors were taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The building, an old power station behind the landmark Orlando towers, collapsed when men tried to remove metal and cables, compromising the building's structural integrity.

One survivor's arm had to be amputated while he was still trapped beneath the rubble because rescue workers feared a secondary collapse on Thursday morning. Sniffer dogs were brought in with the hope of rescuing more trapped survivors. It is believed the metal and cables were removed from the building to be sold as scrap.

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