Alex Mitchley
1 minute read
18 Aug 2014
4:40 pm

Alberton building collapse death toll rises to 9

Alex Mitchley

The death toll at the collapsed house in Alberton, south of Johannesburg had risen to nine by Monday afternoon.

FILE PICTURE: Several men have been injured, eight are presumed to be dead and two are still missing beneath the rubble of collapse building in Alberton, Johannesburg South. Picture: ER24 Flickr

ER24’s spokesperson Luyanda Majija said according to information they received there were 27 people on site when the building suddenly collapsed at the Meyersdal Eco Estate.

Several were injured while at least nine died when the house which was being re-renovated collapsed.

“There were 11 people with no injuries on site, two people were critically injured, two with moderate injuries and two with minor injuries and eight dead,” said Majija.

Two of the people are unaccounted for but are believed to be trapped under the rubble.

Majija said emergency teams had recovered all survivors and were now exhuming the bodies of the deceased in between the rubble.

According to paramedics on scene, the scene is very quiet with no response coming from inside the collapsed structure as paramedics call out to possible survivors.

Meyersdal Eco Estate released a statement confirming the collapse on, saying that it happened around 10.30am.

“Emergency services are still involved in rescue operations and the families of the affected workers have yet to be informed,” the statement said.