60 dead in Johannesburg building blaze

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Let’s get some more now on the search and rescue operation which is ongoing in central Johannesburg.

Emergency service spokesman Robert Mulaudzi admits he expects the death toll to rise.

“We’re on 52 bodies, which we have recovered and also 43 people who sustained minor injuries,” Mulaudzi told local broadcaster ENCA.

“We are moving floor by floor conducting these body recoveries.”

The five-storey building, which has been evacuated, is located in a deprived area of what used to be the business district of South Africa’s economic hub, and was used as an informal settlement, Mulaudzi says.


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