One dead, 9 missing in building collapse

Rescue workers searching for survivors on Thursday after a building collapsed in the beach area of Los Cristianos on Tenerife. It is unclear what caused the collapse.
Rescue workers searching for survivors on Thursday after a building collapsed in the beach area of Los Cristianos on Tenerife. It is unclear what caused the collapse.PHOTO: REUTERS

ARONA (Spain) • At least one person died and nine others were missing after a five-storey building collapsed on the Canary Island of Tenerife, local officials said.

Rescuers with dogs were still at the scene late on Thursday searching the debris for survivors.

Three people, including a 28-year-old Italian man who suffered a broken arm, were rescued from the rubble, with two requiring hospital treatment.

"The building had 28 occupants, of which nine still have not been found," Arona mayor Julian Mena told a news conference.

The building, located in the beach area of Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife, collapsed at around 9.30am (4.30pm Singapore time). The cause was not immediately clear.

A spokesman for local firefighters said families had tried and failed to contact missing relatives.

"These are people who are not answering the telephone, we can't say that they are in the building, but the truth is that right now, their families have not been able to contact them," the spokesman said.

Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa, is a popular destination for British holidaymakers and retirees.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline 'One dead, 9 missing in building collapse'. Print Edition | Subscribe