Thirteen dead after church wall collapses during Easter service

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Thirteen dead after church wall collapses during Easter service

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April 20, 2019 10:41:57

Thirteen people died when a church wall collapsed on them during an Easter service in South Africa.

Key points:

  • The wall collapsed on Good Friday during a storm
  • Photos show piles of debris and pipes hanging from the building
  • At least 29 people were taken to hospital

Emergency services said it was possible the collapse, in the eastern coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, was caused by heavy rains and strong winds.

At least 29 people with injuries ranging from serious to minor were taken to hospital for treatment, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said.

“There was a strong storm at the time but we can’t be totally sure why the wall collapsed until the police are done with their investigations,” he said.

Pictures of the scene on the emergency services’ Twitter page showed bricks and piles of debris strewn across the church floor, with pipes and pillars hanging from higher parts of the building.

ABC/Reuters

Topics:

disasters-and-accidents,

community-and-society,

christianity,

south-africa

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