At least 10 people trapped in collapsed building in Jordan
Published: Sep 14, 2022 09:46 PM
Rescuers were searching on Wednesday for 10 people under the rubble of a collapsed building in the Jordanian capital where five people were confirmed dead so far, officials said.

At least 25 people were in a dilapidated residential building in Amman when it crumbled on Tuesday. 

"There are at least 10 people under the rubble ... there are signs of life," said government spokesperson Faisal Shboul during a visit to the site in the Webdeh district.

Civil defense rescuers worked through the night to remove collapsed concrete roofs and lift debris in a desperate search for survivors. About a dozen people had been evacuated so far, several with serious injuries, hospital sources said.

Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al Khasawneh ordered an investigation as officials blamed the building's state of disrepair.

The bodies of five people have been recovered after the four-story residential building, authorities said, adding that 14 more were injured.

The toll from the collapse "has risen to five dead and 14 injured," security spokesperson Amer al-Sartawy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister Tawfiq Kreishan told state television that "among the reasons for the collapse of the building are that it is old and dilapidated."

Surrounding buildings were being evaluated, he said.

A judicial source speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that the prosecution had launched a probe into the incident.

Jabal al-Weibdeh is among the ­oldest districts of Amman, dating back to the early 20th century and inhabited by a large number of expatriates.