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Residential building collapses in Beirut, 1 killed; toll likely to rise

Wael Hamzeh / EPA

Red Cross and Lebanese Civil Defense members search for survivors in a collapsed residential building in the Ashrafieh neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon, 15 January 2012. The five-storey building, erected in the 1960s, collapsed due to cracks in its walls that came as a result of bad weather conditions. The building collapse killed a 15-year-old girl and injured eight people, police said.

Hussein Malla / AP

Lebanese civil defence workers carry a wounded man after they removed him from the rubble.

AP reports:

The officials said search operations were under way for other victims. They said the number of casualties is likely to rise. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Building collapses in Lebanon are rare. The officials said it was not clear what led to Sunday's collapse. Possible causes were cracks in the building made worse by heavy rain or the effects of several nearby construction sites.

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Wael Hamzeh / EPA

Rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of a collapsed residential building in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 15. According to media report the five-storey building, erected in the 1960s, collapsed due to cracks in its walls that came as a result of bad weather conditions. The collapse killed a 15-year-old girl and injured eight people.

Hussein Malla / AP

Lebanese civil defense workers push a damaged car out of the way after a building collapsed in Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 15.