17 Jan 2012

Fatal building collapse

1:08 pm on 17 January 2012

Rescue workers in Lebanon continue to search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in Beirut.

The five-storey block collapsed in the Ashrafiyeh district on Sunday evening.

Thirteen bodies have been recovered and 13 people are known to be injured.

Civil Defence believes a further 20 people are still under the rubble. However, hopes of finding anyone else alive were fading.

It is not yet known what caused the sudden collapse.

The BBC reports most of the dead were foreign workers living in Lebanon.

They are believed to include Sudanese, Philippine and Egyptian nationals along with some Lebanese people.