Moscow, Sep 2 : At least 15 people were reported dead as a three-storey building collapsed on Sunday in the Mali capital of Bamako, 41 people were rescued, the country's Ministry of Internal Security and Civil Protection said Monday.
"As of 2000 hrs (GMT), during the collapse of the building in Banconi Salembougou [district in Bamako], 41 people were rescued, including 15 dead, an investigation into the owner [of the building] has been opened," the ministry wrote on Twitter.
The three-story building under construction collapsed in the early morning, at about 0400 hrs. Rescue operations continued all day and are still underway.
"Thanks to the determination of the emergency services, a young girl of around four years has just been pulled out of the rubble alive. Another survivor (a woman) has just, happily, been extracted by rescuers," the civil protection ministry said.
The collapse of an entire structure was reportedly caused by the top floor falling onto the rest of the building.(UNI)