Deadly South Africa building collapse investigated
November 20, 2013 -- Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT)
- At least one person is dead after a roof collapsed at a construction site in South Africa
- Police say 30 people have been injured and three people are missing
- South Africa's Department of Labour is investigating the "calamitous accident"
- It has sent a high-level delegation to the scene of the collapse, in Tongaat township
(CNN) -- South Africa's Department of Labour is visiting the site of Tuesday's roof collapse near the eastern city of Durban, in which at least one person died and 30 people were injured.
The collapse occurred at a construction site in the township of Tongaat about 4:30 p.m. local time, at the end of the working day and after many workers had left.
Police said one woman was confirmed dead at the scene and three people remained unaccounted for.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said he was shocked by the "horrific accident" and expressed confidence an investigation into its cause would be quickly carried out.
A building in Tongaat, South Africa, collapsed on Tuesday, November 19, killing at least one person and injuring dozens more. Rescue teams rushed to the scene to help construction workers who were trapped beneath the rubble.
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In a statement describing the collapse as "calamitous," the Department of Labour said its acting director, deputy director of inspection and enforcement and the commissioner for its Compensation Fund were visiting the site.
The South African Press Association (Sapa) said the search and rescue operation had been called off so that the department could move some of the rubble.
It quoted a police spokeswoman as saying it was possible that more people were trapped in the debris.
Speaking from the scene Tuesday, Crisis Medical operations director Neil Powell told CNN the construction work had been taking place beside a shopping mall.
"It's unknown exactly what caused the collapse. There was a large amount of scaffolding and cement foundation that collapsed onto some of the construction workers," Powell said.
He said those taken to a hospital for treatment had suffered injuries ranging from moderate to critical.
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