Friday 18 August 2017

19 injured in Sri Lanka building collapse

Sri Lankan rescuers search for trapped people in the debris after a building collapsed (AP)
Sri Lankan rescuers search for trapped people in the debris after a building collapsed (AP)

At least 19 people have been injured after the collapse of a five-storey building under construction in Sri Lanka's capital.

Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said 19 people have been taken to hospital after the incident in Colombo.

Police and firefighters are searching for anyone who might be trapped inside the building.

The cause of the collapse is unknown at present.

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

He said the victim is unable to come out due to a concrete wall and soldiers are talking to him through a hole made through the concrete.

"He is safe and we are trying to rescue him," Brig Seneviratne said.

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