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Collapse of a building in Mallorca: four dead and 16 injured, say rescuers

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Screenshot, Images from the scene show emergency personnel moving large debris out of the building.

  • Author, Sofia Ferreira Santos
  • Role, bbc news
  • Reporting from London

Four people have died and 16 have been injured after the collapse of a two-story building on the Spanish island of Mallorca, according to local emergency services.

Several people are believed to be trapped at the site of the Medusa Beach Club, a beachside restaurant on Cartago Street in the regional capital Palma de Mallorca.

The incident reportedly occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. BST). Several people are feared trapped in the rubble.

Emergency services told local media they were finishing rescue operations and securing the area shortly after midnight local time.

The floor of the establishment collapsed on Thursday night, causing people to fall into the basement, where customers and employees were also present.

Palma Fire Chief Eder García told local media that the majority of those affected by the collapse were foreigners and tourists, El País reported.

A local police spokesperson told reporters that the balcony may have collapsed due to excess weight being placed on it, but stressed that the exact cause was still being investigated.

A man was rescued from the rubble with a broken arm and rescue services are working on the assumption that more people are trapped. Authorities asked spectators to remain silent so they could hear the voices of survivors.

The mayor of Palma, Jaime Martínez, would have gone to the place together with the deputy mayor of Tourism.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, sent his condolences to the families of the victims.

He said he was closely following the latest developments and that his government was ready to send all necessary assistance.

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Screenshot, A fire truck photographed outside the building in Palma de Mallorca

The president of the Balearic Islands, Marga Prohens, was shocked by the incident and sent her condolences to the families of the victims.

Mrs Prohens thanked the emergency services and also Mr Sánchez for their support.

Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.

Last year, more than 17 million visited the island.

Screenshot, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands of Spain.
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