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    MAJOR BUILDING COLLAPSE IN COLOGNE

    Collapsed building leaves three people feared ‘missing’

    A six-storey building in the German City of Cologne has collapsed with three persons feared missing. Rescuers needed to stabilise the area before moving into the rubble to determine whether anyone was trapped inside and concrete has now been pumped into the ground to stabilse the structure. The emergency services have evacuated buildings in a 150m radius and 76 residents have been evacuated from a nearby retirement home.

    The cause of the collapse is not known. Work was being undertaken on a new subway beneath the road on which the building stands. The roof of the subway construction site also collapsed. The subway project report that no major tunnelling work has been undertaken in the last month. A longtime employee working in the building told a German radio station that he had noticed and reported cracks in the basement last year.

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