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Seven killed in Majorca collapse


Recue teams search through the rubble of the collapsed building

At least seven people died when a residential building collapsed overnight in Majorca's capital Palma, in the Spanish Balearic Islands.

The three-storey structure, said to be at least 50 years old, collapsed at about 0030 (2230 GMT on Sunday).

Rescuers are searching for more people who are unaccounted for, and believed to be in the rubble. Four others were injured in the collapse, two seriously.

The local gas supplier has ruled out a gas leak as a possible cause.

Spanish media quote some neighbours as saying the building had been in a poor condition.

At least three Colombians are reported to be among those killed.

Earlier the death toll stood at five, but two more bodies were recovered from the rubble on Monday afternoon. A 16-year-old girl and an elderly couple in their 60s were among the dead, Spanish media report.

Eight people were registered as residents at the address, though several more are believed to have been there at the time.

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