At least 27 people were killed when an old six-story building in the Lebanese capital collapsed, officials said on Monday, with more people still trapped under the rubble. Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh told the Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio that as of early Tuesday morning, 27 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage on Al-Mitran Atallah street in the Fassouh neighborhood of Ashrafieh. [NowLebanon]
According to the head of parliament’s public works committee, MP Mohammed Qabbani, “20,000 such buildings could face a fate similar to that of Fassouh. [Naharnet]