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One person succumbed to injuries

One person who was injured due to the building collapse in Wellawatta has succumbed to injuries, the Director of the National Hospital said.

At least 27 individuals were injured and hospitalised after the building located near Savoy Cinema on Charlemont Road in Wellawatta collapsed this morning.

Police and the army joined in rescue operations looking for survivors.

The five-storey building in the Wellawatta area of Colombo collapsed while construction labourers were working at the site.

The building, used as a wedding reception hall, had previously shown signs of cracks, but the warnings had been ignored by the management, according to workers.

 

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