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Building collapses in Brazil rise to 11

Rescue operations continued on Saturday with the support of trained dogs and scavenger teams.

Courtesy | In all, the dead were three adult women, four men and four minors.

The death toll from the collapse of a residential building in the Brazilian city of Ballista on Friday rose to eleven this Saturday and three more people were trapped or missing under the rubble.

The Ballista fire department in the metropolitan area of ​​Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, confirmed that more bodies had been recovered from the rubble early Saturday morning.

In all, three adult women, four men and four minors, including a five-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy, have died.

An 18-year-old boy was rescued from the wreckage alive, but died on the way to hospital.

Rescue operations continued on Saturday with the support of trained dogs and teams clearing debris from the collapsed 16-apartment block and partially destroyed neighborhood.

On Friday, three women were rescued alive and sent to a municipal hospital with broken bones, while four others, who were not listed among the building’s 19 residents and lived in a nearby property, had minor injuries.

The collapse came amid heavy rains that have kept the metropolitan area of ​​Recife awake for two weeks and on Friday caused other landslides, floods, fallen trees and poles and several traffic accidents.

The building, in the popular residential complex of Beira-Mar, was closed by court order in 2010 after warning of the dangers, but two years later it was again occupied – without authorization – by the owners.

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