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    Jordan rescuers search for 10 missing under collapsed building

    AMMAN (AFP) – Jordanian rescue teams kept searching yesterday for 10 people still missing under the rubble of a collapsed four-storey building in Amman, where five bodies were recovered the day before.

    Anxious relatives waited at the disaster site in downtown Amman where emergency services were racing against the clock to dig any survivors from the debris of the residential building.

    “According to our information, 10 people are still under the rubble of the collapsed building, and some of them are still alive,” government spokesman Faisal Shboul told the Al-Mamlaka state television channel.

    “Search operations are continuing at the site. The terrain is rough, the buildings are close to each other and the corridors are narrow, which makes the search difficult.”

    According to an eyewitness who asked not to be identified, rescue workers, some toiling by hand, had been able to communicate with at least three trapped people.

    Head of the civil defence service Hatem Jaber said yesterday that “more than 300 civil defence personnel have taken part in the search for those trapped under the rubble”.

    Rescue teams “will not rest” until all have been accounted for, he said.

    Fourteen people have been reported injured in the collapse.

    The site was cordoned off yesterday morning and police stopped local residents from approaching it to avoid hampering the search operation, an AFP correspondent said.

    Civil defence members work at the site of a four-storey residential building collapse in Amman, Jordan. PHOTO: THE MALAY MAIL
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