At least nine dead and 31 injured after slab collapses on top of bleachers during a rally between workers and political candidates inside a Brazilian warehouse
- Nine people were killed and 31 others were injured after a concrete slab fell onto a seat in a warehouse auditorium in São Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday
- At least 64 workers were in a campaign rally at a Multiteiner warehouse with political candidates Ely Santos and Jones Donizette when the slab crushed them
- While both candidates were pulled from the rubble, Ely Santos required hospitalization and the extent of her injury is unknown
At least nine people have been confirmed dead and 31 others injured after a concrete slab fell on a row of seats in a warehouse in the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo on Tuesday morning.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the four men and five women who were killed in the tragic accident at the shipping container center in the municipality of Itapecerica da Serra.
Among the injured are congressional candidates Jones Donizette and Ely Santos, who were hospitalized.
At least three people were seriously injured.
Brazilian political candidate Ely Santos (seated in photo) receives attention after she was pulled from the rubble of a warehouse in São Paulo on Tuesday morning. She and fellow candidate Jones Donizette were wrapping up a campaign rally with about 64 workers and were leaving the mezzanine auditorium when a concrete slab fell on the seating, causing it to collapse to ground level
Authorities said four men and five women were killed in the collapse of the warehouse’s auditorium
Firefighter Luciana Soares told reporters that 64 workers were attending a campaign meeting with Donizette and Santos inside an auditorium located in the mezzanine of the Multiteiner warehouse when the slab collapsed on the seating shortly before 10 p.m. 9 local time.
At least 80 members of several emergency services attended the rescue. All victims were accounted for at 4:00 p.m.
Danilo Moraes told online portal UOL announcements that his sister Julcimara de Moraes, 35, was among the dead.
“She had only worked with her for seven months,” he said.
Josi Meneses, 39, said he had left the warehouse only a week ago and knew all the people who died.
The city council of Itaceperica da Serra said that while the state environment agency was responsible for issuing the warehouse’s operating permit, the facility has been ‘improperly modified’.
Jones Donizette, who is running for a congressional seat in São Paulo, Brazil, was among the 31 people injured Tuesday morning when a concrete slab collapsed on a mezzanine seating area of a warehouse. Four men and five women were also killed
Workers at the Multiteiner warehouse try to enter part of the warehouse after a concrete slab fell on an auditorium and sent it crashing to the ground, killing nine people and injuring 31 others
A video posted on Santos’ Instagram account showed her sitting on the ground outside the auditorium while being attended to by two people.
Another person dressed in work clothes was sitting on the floor against a wall waiting for assistance.
A male person could also be seen running out of the auditorium as two other men stood near a collapsed wall.
A sniffer dog searches the rubble for potential survivors after Tuesday morning’s warehouse collapse in São Paulo, Brazil
The city council of Itapecerica da Serra said the auditorium’s seating was located in the mezzanine level, which has been ‘improperly altered’
Brazilian congressional candidate Ely Santos rests in a hospital bed after suffering an undisclosed injury in the warehouse collapse Tuesday morning
Brazilian political candidate Ely Santos receives help after she was pulled from the rubble
Donizette’s campaign office told Brazilian news outlet G1 that he and Santos said goodbye to the workers when the record crushed the group.
Four members of his staff were rescued from the rubble and taken to a local medical facility.
After the incident, Donizette took to Instagram to share a photo of herself standing outside the warehouse. He was dressed in his white t-shirt that was covered in stains.
“Jones Donizette is deeply saddened and sympathizes with the families of the victims of this disaster and asks for prayers for the speedy recovery of the hospitalized victims,” he wrote.