Friday, November 22, 2013
Deaths rise as Riga rescue continues
Rescue workers pulled bodies from the ruins of a collapsed supermarket in the Latvian capital Riga on Friday as the death toll swelled to 38 in the Baltic state's worst disaster in decades.
Cranes lifted large slabs from the wreckage of the Maxima store, in a Riga suburb of grey, Soviet-era housing, to try to find those trapped after the roof collapsed late on Thursday when it was full of shoppers on their way home from work.
Police said the death toll had reached 38 as of 7:30 a.m. ET, including three rescue workers. Thirty eight more were injured.
"In the past hours no survivors have been found," said Viktorija Sembele, a rescue service spokeswoman.
Latvian public television said as many as 40 people could still be trapped in the rubble, based on information from security cameras, but Sembele could not confirm the figure.
The cause of the collapse remains unknown, but Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis said: "It is clear that there has been a problem with fulfillment of construction requirements."
-Chicago Tribune News