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Investigation Under Way Into Collapse of Seven-storey Hotel Under
Construction in Wadi Musa, Jordan, Killing Two

By Rana Husseini, Jordan Times, AmmanMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

March 13, 2011--AMMAN -- Five Egyptians, who were working on a hotel under construction in Wadi Musa on Friday when it collapsed and killed two of their colleagues, are recovering in hospital, official sources said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works and Housing Yahya Kisbi ordered the formation of a technical committee to investigate the collapse of the seven-storey building, during a visit to the site yesterday.

"A specialised committee was formed by the relevant authorities and experts were summoned to the scene to determine what caused the building to collapse," Police Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said.

Civil Defence Department (CDD) Spokesperson Major Basem Khalaf said rescue teams rushed to the scene and "it took them three hours to pull the workers out of the rubble".

"Two were dead, while one was listed in critical condition and the rest suffered from multiple fractures to different parts of their bodies," Khalaf said.

The CDD official said the number of injuries and fatalities could have been higher if all the workers were present at the construction site.

"It was a Friday so many of the workers did not show up," Khalaf noted.

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported that work on the 150-room hotel started three months ago.

The agency added that the investigation committee is expected to reveal its findings within a week's time.


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