Over 20 injured in Albania building collapse

November 10th, 2008 - 3:43 am ICT by IANS  

Tirana, Nov 10 (DPA) More than 20 people were injured and three missing after a five-story building collapsed Sunday in the southern Albanian town of Gjirokaster.According to media reports, police have arrested nine people in connection with the collapse, which was apparently caused by faulty construction.

Rescuers were still trying to recover the three missing people, Genc Ruli, the Trade and Energy Minister, told TV News 24.

The workers however were being very cautious in their efforts, as a large part of the building was still standing and threatening to fall.

Along with several other countries in the Balkans, Albanian cities are plagued by chaotic construction, with thousands of buildings springing up each month without proper permits and inspections.

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