Dozens trapped after building collapses in Sierra Leone

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A three-storey building has collapsed in Sierra Leone  trapping dozens of people, officials and survivors said.The incident occurred in the southern city of Bo, the second-largest city in the West African country after the capital, Freetown.

More than 80 people were working on the building, which was under construction, police said.

Rescue operations are ongoing, with eight people rescued and receiving medical treatment, Joseph Kpanabom, an official at the Ministry of Lands, said.

Two excavators have been deployed to the site to help with the rescue operation, according to officials.

Kamara, assistant inspector general of police said at least 50 people are trapped in the rubble.

The missing are believed to include mainly construction workers and some bystanders.

“I ran away after I heard the sound of the building cracking,” Ibrahim Aruna, a survivor, said.