Published June 25, 2012 | 7:20 pm
Monday, June 25, 2012 – 14:20
Rescuers are busy with herculean task of reaching to a person they say is still alive under the rubble of the mall. Rescuers said that tapping sounds had been heard coming from under the rubble at the Algo Centre Mall around 4 a.m.
The number of those missing in the collapse of a mall in Elliot Lake, Northern Ontario, is now reported to be 30, growing from 9 reported missing over the weekend. Rescue worker searching for survivors have found one dead body.
The collapse occurred Saturday as shoppers and workers were conducting a normal day at the mall. The rooftop parking garage collapsed into the shopping area, debris and cars falling into the walkways and stores.When the roof gave way, metal and concrete debris crashed through two floors of the shopping centre.
The latest number of missing, reported by the Ontario Provincial Police, is surprising considering authorities on Sunday had said they were trying to locate nine people after the roof collapsed at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake .
Meanwhile, bystanders are keeping vigil outside the mall as they await word from rescue officials.
Crews, including a search and rescue team from Toronto, have been working around the clock to secure the collapsed building and carrying out rescue work.