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Fifteen dead in building collapse in Mali’s capital

The residential building, which was under construction but was inhabited, fell down in the early hours of Sunday (September 1), and the death toll rose throughout the day as firefighters extracted men, women and children from the rubble.

Rescue crews arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning to extract people out of the building and worked until late in the evening. People cheered when the rescue teams pulled out a 4-year old girl.

Twenty-six people survived, Major Baba Cisse, a spokesperson for the minister of security, told Reuters on the phone. Most of those sustained injuries, state radio ORTM reported.

The government said a lack of respect for construction standards was the likely cause of the collapse.

A neighbour on the site on Monday said he had tried several times to stop the owner from building because he said he did not believe he was conforming to building standards.

Authorities launched an investigation into the causes of the collapse, the government said on Twitter.

Building collapses are common in Bamako, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, where a construction boom has driven many to be built without permits.

(Production: Yvonne Bell, Arouna Sisoxxo)

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