Recent report shows that five people have been injured and dozens more are thought to be trapped after a roof collapsed at the busy entrance of a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. The emergency services have rushed to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
People around the scene are helping emergency services to dig out rubble in search for anyone that might be trapped in it.
The collapse happened at the main entrance of the hospital after the fifth floor roof top gave way. Some five people were taken to hospital with injuries, among them was a hospital worker, two construction workers and two patients.
According to reports, two people are thought to be trapped under the rubble. Arnold Malotana, the head of Gauteng emergency medical services has confirmed that about 12 people were working in the area when the roof collapsed, and those trapped could be patients who are waiting to go home.
“Security guards are trapped inside the rubbles, and some patients that were waiting for transport to go back to their various clinics,” one of the hospital workers said.
The hospital treats patients from Germiston, Edenvale and all over Gauteng.
Earlier today the Department of Health also confirmed that confirm there has been a structural collapse at Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital, and can neither confirm the number of injuries or what caused the collapse of the roof which took place in the passage near maternity department on the hospital street.
The health department and emergency services will release statements later with more information.