Brazil factory collapse: Search for victims goes on

The aftermath of the building collapse in the district of Sao Mateus

Related Stories

Firefighters searching the rubble of a collapsed building in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo have found another body, taking the death toll to eight.

A further 26 people were injured when the two-storey factory, under construction in the Sao Mateus neighbourhood, collapsed.

Two of the 36 people who are believed to have been working in the building at the time are still unaccounted for.

It is not yet clear what may have caused the collapse.

According to city officials, the construction work did not have the necessary permits and two fines had been issued already in relation to the work carried out.

Edilson Carlos dos Santos, a lawyer for the owner of the site, blamed the engineering company hired to work on the building for the collapse.

Mr Santos said the company, Salvatta Engenharia, had been installing lift shafts and staircases at the time of the collapse on Tuesday.

The engineering company denied the allegations, saying in a statement that it had not yet received the keys to the building "because the works he [the owner of the site] had agreed to carry out had not been completed".

Some 60 rescue workers continue to search the site with sniffer dogs.

They dug holes into concrete walls with sledgehammers and removed metal sheeting in their attempt to find the missing construction workers.

Building collapses of this kind are common in Sao Paulo - Brazil's largest city - and particularly affect structures that are either poorly maintained or still under construction.

Home to 11 million people, Sao Paulo is one of 12 Brazilian host cities for next year's World Cup.

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

More Latin America & Caribbean stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • A robotClick Watch

    The latest in robotics including software that can design electronics to solve problems

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.