Jordan building collapse: at least five dead and 14 injured in Amman

Four-storey building collapsed in Weibdeh, one of the Jordanian capital's older districts

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At least five people were killed and 14 others were injured in a building collapse in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, official media said.

Police spokesman Amer Al Sartawi said rescue teams “are still dealing with the incident”.

He said the search is ongoing to see whether there are still more people under the rubble.

The four-storey building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon in Weibdeh, a district on one of Amman's original seven hills, Jordanian authorities said.

“Teams from civil defence and the police are dealing with the incident,” state television said. “A number of people are trapped.”

Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh went to scene and urged the teams to do their utmost “until rescue and evacuation operations are over”, an official statement said.

Weibdeh is popular with foreign students living in Amman because it is one of the oldest districts in the relatively new city.

Many of its buildings are from the 1970s, and the district also has many restaurants and cafes.

Buildings codes in Jordan are fairly robust. The city of four million expanded massively after the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

Updated: September 14, 2022, 7:55 AM