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Wed 29 Apr 2015 02:06 PM

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Saudi construction site death toll rises to nine

Authorities initially said four people were injured but it has been revealed nine bodies were pulled from under the rubble

Saudi construction site death toll rises to nine
GCC construction, Middle East construction

Nine workers were killed when a building under construction collapsed at a Saudi university, it has been revealed.

Initial reports said four people were injured but sources have now told local media there were multiple deaths.

The men, said to include eight Pakistanis, were trapped under the debri. Police sniffer dogs and fire department cameras were used to locate 15 construction workers trapped, Saudi Gazette reported.

Saudi Red Crescent Authority spokesman Mohammed Abdul Aziz told Arab News ambulances transported 10 injured workers to hospitals, while 20 others were less seriously hurt.

However, the Civil Defense Department said 15 workers were trapped under the rubble.

“They have pulled out nine bodies as well as six injured workers,” an official statement said.

Manazel Construction, the company in charge of the project, also confirmed the deaths.

“We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones,” a statement said.

“We are contacting the families of the deceased to express our condolence and extend our full support to them at this difficult time.”

Initial investigations indicate the incident occurred when steel support rods collapsed under the weight of concrete being poured onto steel mesh on the building’s roof, the daily said. The roof weighed 1,250 tons.

Qassim Governor Prince Faisal bin Mishaal has launched an investigation.

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