Five construction workers die in Belgian school collapse | Belgium

Five construction workers die in Belgian school collapse |  Belgium


Five construction workers have been confirmed dead after the partial collapse of a school construction site in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

The last two bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday afternoon, Antwerp firefighters said, which means all the missing victims are now counted.

King Philippe of Belgium visited the scene on Saturday, accompanied by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Two of the dead were from Portugal and Romania, police told local media, while the nationality of the other deceased workers was unclear.

But while three people were still missing, rescuers said they were looking for two more Portuguese and a Russian.

Nine other people were injured in the incident on Friday afternoon, including three still in intensive care a day later. None were in critical condition, the fire department tweeted.

As the school was still under construction, no students were present at the time of the accident.

The cause of the collapse was not known, but all the victims were contractors for the construction company Democo, the Belga news agency reported.

“All the employees are devastated,” Frederik Bijnens, Managing Director of Democo, told Belga.

“Now that the emergency services have done their best, a full investigation will begin to identify the cause of the accident,” he added.


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