At least 15 killed after building collapse in Mali

Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali, with a population of 1.8 million. In 2006, it was estimated to be the fastest-growing city in Africa and sixth-fastest in the world. It is located on the Niger River, near the rapids that divide the upper and middle Niger valleys in the southwestern part of the country.
An aerial drone view of Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali. Building collapses in Mali are common due to construction occurring without permission. (Getty Images)

At least 15 people were killed on Sunday in the Malian capital, Bamako, after a three-storey building that was under construction collapsed, according to local media and government reports.

At least twenty six people, including a young girl, were rescued from the debris even as search and rescue operations continued.

According to local media reports, the building’s top floor fell onto the rest of the building leading to the entire structure collapsing like a house of cards.

Mali’s Ministry of Internal Security and Civil Protection said that an investigation into the owner of the building had been opened.

Building collapses are widespread in Mali due to construction occurring without planning permission.

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