Shop wall collapse in South Africa leaves five dead

Five people were killed and over a dozen injured in a devastating shop wall collapse that occurred on Friday in the rural town of Ngcobo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Local authorities are still conducting search and rescue operations at the site.

This incident marks the second major building collapse in the country this week.

On Monday, a multi-story building under construction tragically collapsed in the southern city of George, claiming at least 12 lives.

Mkhululi Ndamase, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape health ministry, described the Ngcobo incident as “tragic” and confirmed that 14 people were hospitalized.

Injuries sustained included “spinal injuries, head injuries, pelvic fractures, and fractured legs and pelvises.”

Photos shared by the provincial government show an excavator clearing debris from the collapsed front porch of a single-story building.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation.

“We send our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased,” said Ndamase. “More details will be provided in due course.”

This string of building collapses highlights the urgent need for thorough investigations to identify potential causes and implement safety measures to prevent future tragedies.

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