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South Africa building collapse kills 7

Published on Aug 19, 2014 3:27 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Seven South African workers died Monday when a building under construction collapsed, with more people feared trapped under the rubble, emergency services said.

The labourers were working on a two-storey residential building on a private estate in Meyersdal, south of Johannesburg, when it collapsed.

Rescuers had initially counted eight dead in the rubble because of confusion over a dismembered body.

"The number of confirmed fatalities is now seven," William Ntladi, the spokesman for the Ekurhuleni Emergency Services, told AFP.

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