27 injured as building collapses in Sri Lanka's capital
May 18 2017 05:25 PM
Colombo
Rescue work is on at the site of a building collapse in Colombo on Thursday.

DPA/Colombo

At least 27 people were injured after a five-storey building collapsed in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Thursday and police and the army were looking for survivors.
The five-storey building in the Wellawatta area of Colombo collapsed while construction labourers were working at the site.
"We are continuing the search as fellow workers say there are three people trapped within the premises," a police officer at the scene said.
No deaths were reported, but some of the workers suffered serious injuries. 
The building, used as a wedding reception hall, had previously shown signs of cracks, but the warnings had been ignored by the management, according to workers.
Police are investigating on whether the owner failed to follow instructions by local authorities.



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