Latvia Mall Collapse

November 22, 2013 by  

Latvia Mall Collapse, The death toll from the collapse of a roof at a supermarket in Latvia’s capital, Riga, climbed Friday to 51, the mayor said.

Between five and seven people are still believed trapped in the debris from Thursday’s collapse at the Maxima supermarket, in western Riga, Mayor Nils Usakovs told CNN by telephone.

Latvia’s national news agency LETA said police were using surveillance camera recordings to try to pinpoint the likely locations of victims under the rubble, the State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia said on Twitter.

The supermarket collapse is the Baltic state’s deadliest accident since it won independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the LETA news agency reported. Latvia’s previous most deadly accident was a nursing home fire that killed 26 people in 2007.

At least 48 people were injured in the collapse, Usakovs said.

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