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47 killed in Latvia collapse

Riga (Latvia), Nov. 22 (Reuters): Rescue workers pulled more bodies from the ruins of a collapsed supermarket in the Latvian capital, Riga, today, taking the death toll to 47 with others feared buried in the rubble.

Cranes lifted large slabs from the wreckage of the Maxima store, in a suburb of grey, Soviet-era housing, to try to find those trapped after the roof collapsed on Thursday when it was full of shoppers on their way home from work.

The store, about 500 square metres in size, was bathed in spotlights as diggers and rescue workers cleared away the wreckage. Ambulances and fire engines stood by. Police said the death toll had risen to 47. It included three rescue workers.

Earlier, ambulance service spokeswoman Ilze Buksa told local television 28 people had been injured and taken to hospital. It was not clear what caused the collapse.

 
 
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