Riyadh (AFP) – The collapse of a convention centre being built northwest of Riyadh left four construction workers dead and more than 50 workers trapped under rubble on Monday, official media said.
The collapse “happened at noon and resulted in more than 50 workers being trapped”, the Saudi Press Agency said, adding that four wounded were recovered from the building site for Qassim University.
Bandar al-Roshodi, the university spokesman, told Saudi television news channel Al-Ekhbariya that the workers were mostly from Pakistan.
“Until now we are searching,” he later told AFP. Asked about the chances of more survivors, he said: “We have hope, God willing.”
Pictures from the scene showed a sprawling but low-level construction site, where many steel support rods had collapsed along with other parts of the structure.
The governor of Al-Qassim, Prince Faisal bin Meshaal, visited the collapsed building in the provincial capital, Buraydah. Buraydah is about 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.
The statement did not disclose the nationality of dead construction workers. Most of the kingdom’s laborers hail from South Asian countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.