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Tags: Saudi | accident | construction | university

Two Dead, Others Trapped in Saudi Construction Collapse: Medic

Monday, 27 April 2015 03:03 PM EDT

Two workers were killed, 14 injured and at least three were still trapped after a convention center collapsed during construction in Saudi Arabia on Monday, the Red Crescent said.

Medics were initially told that about 50 workers were caught under concrete in the site at a university in Qassim, northwest of the capital Riyadh.

But they found "two persons dead" and took six others with serious injuries to hospital, a spokesman for the Saudi Red Crescent Authority told AFP.

Eight others were slightly hurt and between three to six others were believed still trapped, he said.

Bandar al-Roshodi, the university spokesman, told Saudi television news channel Al-Ekhbariya that the workers on the site were mostly from Pakistan.

"Until now we are searching," he later told AFP.

The trapped workers were of "different nationalities," Roshodi said. Asked about the chances of more survivors, he said: "We have hope, God willing."

Pictures from the scene showed a sprawling but low-level construction site, where many steel support rods had collapsed along with other parts of the structure inside a wide circular area.

© AFP 2022


MiddleEast
Two workers were killed, 14 injured and at least three were still trapped after a convention center collapsed during construction in Saudi Arabia on Monday, the Red Crescent said.
Saudi, accident, construction, university
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2015-03-27
Monday, 27 April 2015 03:03 PM
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