Shopping Mall Collapses
Tongaat shopping mall near Durban, South Africa has collapsed leaving 50 construction workers trapped ( Source: ECNA - Twitter)

The roof of a South African shopping mall collapsed killing at least 1 person and trapping 50, according to South African emergency services and domestic media.

The Tongaat shopping centre, near Durban, has left 50 construction workers trapped in the site and at least 26 taken to hospital with "massive traumatic injuries."

"It is going to be a long operation. It will take time to get to everyone," said Chris Botha, Netcare (a private ambulance company) spokesman.

"The scene is extremely horrific ... concrete big blocks have fallen on to people," he told broadcaster ENCA from the scene.

"The guys are busy using hydraulic rescue equipment to break through the concrete and get to some of the patients."

"It was a mall building still under construction; most of those still trapped inside the building were construction workers," police spokeswoman Mandy Govender told the AFP news agency.

The accident happened around 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT).

100 emergency workers are currently attempting to rescue survivors of the collapse.

Toongaat Mall Disaster
Toongaat Mall Disaster
Toongaat Mall Collapse
Toongaat Mall Collapse

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