Three people died on Sunday when a building under construction in Kampala collapsed during heavy rains, but two children were rescued from the rubble, the Uganda Red Cross said.
Images posted to social media showed construction workers and passersby digging through the rubble with their bare hands and firefighters cutting bent metal with cutters to reach people who feared being trapped.
Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita said three bodies were removed from the rubble of the four-story building, while two girls aged five and nine were rescued and taken to the Kampala Main Hospital.
The building is located next to the usually bustling Kisenyi bus station, a major transport hub in the Ugandan capital.
Nakasiita said there were concerned that motorcyclists and others might have taken shelter from the rain inside the building and buried under the destroyed building.
As night fell, the rescue team was still crossing the site with two excavators. “The search and rescue continues,” Nakasiita said.
Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire said the collapse of the building affected “vehicles, motorbikes and workers,” but the number of people trapped was not yet known.
Accidents at construction sites are common in Uganda, where health and safety regulations are weak.
In June, a mine in Kampala collapsed, killing at least four workers.
In May, at least 15 construction workers died in the collapse of a building they were working on in the capital.
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