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Rwanda building collapse kills 6, injures 30

Rescue workers wait to search the rubble by hand at sunrise following the completion of rescue work by heavy machinery, at the scene of a building collapse in the eastern district of Nyagatare, Rwanda Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Darrough)

KAMPALA: A four-story building under construction collapsed, killing at least six workers and injuring dozens more people, Rwandan police said Wednesday.

Authorities were searching for survivors after the building collapsed late Tuesday afternoon in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare, in what police called an "unfolding tragedy."

At least 30 workers injured in the collapse are now being treated at a nearby hospital, said Christophe Semuhungu, the police spokesman for Rwanda's Eastern Province.

It was yet clear what caused the collapse or even how many people are feared buried under the rubble.

In recent years, building collapses have become frequent in East and Central African countries as some property developers bypass regulations to cut costs. In March, a building collapsed in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, killing at least 30 people.

 

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