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Death Toll in Colombia Building Collapse Climbs to 20

BOGOTA – Rescue teams on Saturday recovered two more bodies of people who died in the collapse of a six-story building under construction in the northern Colombian city of Cartagena, bringing the death toll to 20.

Twelve of the bodies have been identified thus far, the Cartagena mayor’s office said on Twitter, adding that 95 percent of the rubble-removal work has been completed.

Twenty-three people injured in the accident were rescued.

The collapse of the Blas de Lezo II building occurred at around 11:30 am Thursday while workers were on the job.

The mayor’s office scheduled a Mass for 6 pm Saturday in honor of the construction workers who died in the accident.

Cartagena Mayor Manuel Vicente Duque said Friday on Twitter that the construction company carrying out the project did not have a license.

“Confirmed: Illegal, false and irresponsible. Builders were using a fake license,” Duque said.

Also Friday, the federal Attorney General’s Office began investigating the mayor over the building collapse.

 

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