Deadly building collapse in Italy

Last updated 08:38 19/12/2012
Italy building collapse

DESPERATE SEARCH: Rescue workes scour the rubble of two collapsed houses in Palermo for survivors.

Buildings collapse in Italy

Relevant offers

World

Experts identify 173 MH17 victim remains Gaza truce holding, Netanyahu under fire Released journalist thanks Qatar, US officials Air France suspend flights to Ebola nations Nine-year-old shoots instructor dead in Arizona IMF boss Lagarde under investigation for fraud Police quiz suspect in Queensland mum's death Japanese company to blame for woman's suicide Kiwi nurses on Ebola front line 1400 children exploited in UK town - report

Four people were killed and at least seven were injured when an apartment block collapsed onto another in Palermo's historical city centre, Sicilian emergency services say.

The accident is the latest of several similar incidents in Italy, where illegal construction and lax building standards are rife.

The building that collapsed had a newly added top floor.

Firefighters and police discovered the bodies of two men aged 54 and 82 during initial searches, and later morning rescued a girl from the rubble.

Searches during the day found the bodies of two women aged 80 and 74.

Seven people were slightly injured, Italian media reported.''We heard creaking and stones slipping, and instinctively we got out of the building,'' a woman who lived in one of the buildings told reporters.

Gaetano Vallefuoco, head of the firefighters in Palermo, told reporters the collapse was due to structural problems and was not due to a gas leak.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content