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The search and rescue operation on the site of a collapsed building in South African town of Tongaat has been suspended, a police spokesperson said.
"We have been advised that the chance of finding any life, if there is anyone else still trapped, is very remote," Dean Macpherson of Crisis Medical in Durban said.
The three-storey shopping centre under construction collapsed on Tuesday. One person was killed and 29 injured.
Rescue workers with sniffer dogs picked through rubble in search of survivors in the wreckage after a three-storey building in the South African town of Tongaat, collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.
"We have no idea how many are trapped at the moment, but we've only got confirmation of three missing," police spokeswoman Mandy Govender said.
Initial reports suggested as many as 50 workers were trapped under the rubble when a football pitch-sized section of a shopping mall under construction collapsed near the South African city of Durban, although officials have now scaled down their estimates.
"There are about 24 people who are at this stage unaccounted for. We're not sure whether they might still be trapped or whether some of them might have gone home," municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng told Reuters.
South African authorities had obtained a court order a month ago to block construction at a mall which collapsed today killing at least one person.
Authorities said they didn't know work had restarted.
A senior official said: "There are areas of the law that they did not follow in terms of building of this infrastructure."
A police spokesperson in South Africa said at least one person died after a building collapsed in Tongaat, north of Durban.
The person killed was a women who was a construction worker on the site.
The collapsed building was a shopping centre under construction, due to open in April next year, ENCA reported.
One casualty was airlifted to hospital.
Earlier, paramedics on the scene reported that an estimated 50 people were believed to be trapped.
At least 100 rescue workers from from all emergency services around Tongaat are attending the scene of a collapsed building, attempting to rescue construction workers trapped under rubble.
Emergency rescue crews in Tongaat, north of Durban in South Africa, are working to rescue as many as 50 people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed mall.
The building was still under construction when the roof collapsed, trapping builders underneath, according to local reports.
So far at least 26 people have been taken to hospital with "massive traumatic injuries" according to emergency services, whilst local TV station Eyewitness News said two people died at the scene.
At least 26 people have been taken to hospital with "massive traumatic injuries" following the collapse of a shopping centre in Tongaat, north of Durban, emergency services said.
Two people have died after a shopping centre in Tongaat, South Africa, collapsed, South Africa's Eyewitness News team reports.
Around 50 workers are feared trapped under rubble after the roof of a shopping centre collapsed in Tongaat, north of Durban, the South African Mail and Guardian reported. Paramedic spokesperson Chris Botha said: