At least nine dead and 31 injured after plate collapsed in stands during a meeting between workers and political candidates at a Brazilian warehouse
- Nine people were killed and 31 others were injured after a concrete slab fell on a seating area in the auditorium of a warehouse 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 plate crushed them
- While both candidates were pulled from the rubble, Ely Santos had to be hospitalized and the extent of her injury is unknown
At least nine people were killed and 31 injured on Tuesday morning after a concrete slab fell into a row of seats at a warehouse in southeastern Brazil’s São Paulo state.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the four men and five women who died in the tragic accident at the 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) is getting attention after she was pulled from the rubble at a warehouse in São Paulo on Tuesday morning. She and fellow candidate Jones Donizette were engaged in a campaign rally with about 64 workers and were about to exit the mezzanine auditorium when a concrete slab fell on the seating area, plunging it to the ground.
Authorities said four men and five women were killed in the warehouse auditorium collapse
Firefighters Luciana Soares told reporters that about 64 workers were attending a campaign rally with Donizette and Santos in a mezzanine auditorium of the Multiteiner warehouse when the slab collapsed on the seating area shortly before 9:00 am local time.
Alexandre Moraes, who works as a painter in the warehouse, told G1 he was sitting in his chair when the hall sank.
“Everyone was on top and it collapsed,” he said. ‘I just saw it fall. I got stuck and they helped me.’
At least 80 members of various emergency services participated in the rescue. All victims were counted by 4 p.m.
Danilo Moraes told online portal UOL Notices that his sister Julcimara de Moraes, 35, was among the dead.
“She’d only had her on the job for seven months,” he said.
Josi Meneses, 39, said he had left the warehouse just a week ago and knew all the people who died.
The Itaceperica da Serra city council said that while the state environmental agency was responsible for issuing the warehouse’s operating license, the facility had been “improperly modified.”
Jones Donizette, who is running for a congressional seat in São Paulo, Brazil, was one of 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 attempt to enter part of the warehouse after a concrete slab fell on an auditorium and sent it to the ground, killing nine and injuring 31 others
Video footage on Santos’ Instagram account showed her sitting on the floor outside the venue while being cared for by two people.
Another person, dressed in work clothes, sat on the floor against a wall, waiting for help.
A male person was also seen running out of the room while two other men stood by a wall that had collapsed.
A sniffer dog searches the rubble for possible survivors after Tuesday morning’s warehouse collapse in Brazil’s São Paulo
The city council of Itapecerica da Serra said the seating in the auditorium was on the mezzanine floor, which has been “improperly modified.”
Brazilian congressional candidate Ely Santos rests on a hospital bed after sustaining an undisclosed injury in the warehouse collapse Tuesday morning
Brazilian political candidate Ely Santos gets help after she was pulled from the rubble
Donizette’s campaign agency told Brazilian news channel G1 that he and Santos said goodbye to the workers when the plate crushed the group.
Four members of his staff were rescued from the rubble and rushed to a local medical facility.
After the incident, Donizette took to Instagram to share a photo of himself standing outside the warehouse. He was dressed in his white t-shirt that was stained.
“Jones Donizette deeply regrets and condolences to the families of the victims of this disaster, and asks for prayers for a speedy recovery of the hospitalized victims,” he wrote.