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15 killed in building collapse in Bamako, capital of Mali

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Fifteen people have been confirmed dead a day after rescue workers began the site of a three-storey building that collapsed in Mali’s capital Bamako, an official said on Monday.

The apartment building, which was under construction but inhabited, collapsed in the early hours of Sunday morning and the death toll increased throughout the day as rescuers pulled the bodies of men, women and children from the rubble.

Security ministry spokesman Major Baba Sisi told Reuters by telephone that 26 people had survived. Most were injured, ORM radio said.

The government said failure to comply with proper construction conditions was likely the cause of the building’s collapse.

“There are a lot of mistakes … behind this tragedy,” said Security Minister Salif Traoré. Do not build randomly.”

The government said on Twitter that authorities had opened an investigation into the causes of the collapse of the building.

The collapse of buildings is common in Bamako, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, where a booming construction sector has prompted many to build without permits.

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