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Sixteen feared dead after Thai building collapse

Published on Aug 13, 2014 8:01 PM
Thai rescue workers use cranes to search for trapped people after a six-storey building under construction collapsed in Pathum Thani province on Aug 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thai police on Wednesday said up to 16 people were believed to have died when a building caved in during construction, as they issued arrest warrants for several people behind the project.

Three bodies - including those of a woman and her four-year-old daughter - have so far been retrieved from the rubble of an unfinished student accommodation block, which collapsed on Monday in Pathum Thani province, neighbouring Bangkok.

Rescuers on Tuesday pulled a 24-year-old Thai man alive from the debris, but police said they believed 13 other people had perished.

"Thirteen people are trapped in the debris - 10 Thais and three Cambodians - among them, there may be children," district deputy police commander Kritsadaporn Panprong said, explaining the children may have accompanied their parents who were working at the building site.

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