Five workers dead in Belgium school collapse
Published: 10:59 AM, 20 June 2021 Updated: 12:41 PM, 20 June 2021
As the school was still under construction, no students were present when the accident took place. Photo: Collected
Five construction workers were confirmed dead after a school construction site partially collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Local media reported that part of the building suddenly fell on Friday afternoon, pulling down the scaffolding supporting it.
According to Antwerp’s fire department, the last two bodies were pulled out the rubble on Saturday afternoon, meaning that all the missing victims were now accounted for.
King Philippe of Belgium visited the scene on Saturday accompanied by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
Two of the dead were from Portugal and Romania, police told local media while the nationality of the other dead workers was not clear.
But when three people were still missing, rescue workers had said they were looking for two more Portuguese and one Russian.
Nine other people were injured in the incident on Friday afternoon, with three still in intensive care a day later, but not in critical condition, the fire department tweeted.
As the school was still under construction, no students were present when the accident took place.
The cause of the collapse was not known, but all the victims were sub-contractors for construction firm Democo, Belga news agency reported.