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AMMAN: On Wednesday, a man and a baby were rescued from the rubble of a four-storey building that collapsed in the Jordanian capital Amman on Tuesday as the search for survivors continued and the government announced a investigation into this disaster.

The Public Security Department (PSD) said in a statement that rescuers managed to pull a man in his 50s alive from the rubble of the residential building in El-Louweibdeh neighborhood in Amman.

The little boy, meanwhile, is less than a year old and received first aid at the scene. He was then taken to hospital.

The PSD said rescuers were still looking for other survivors. Six people were confirmed dead, and at least eight were injured.

Officials said between 25 and 30 people were in the building when it collapsed on Tuesday.

The PSD said hundreds of rescue workers were at work at the site.

Residents of nearby buildings said the rescued man’s wife was injured in the collapse and was taken to hospital on Tuesday. They added that their son, in his twenties, could still be trapped under the rubble.

« They lived on the ground floor, » said the owner of a supermarket near the scene. “A newlywed couple were also in the building. The woman is Jordanian and was rescued on Tuesday while her husband, an Arab national, is believed to be still in the rubble,” he said.

Present at the site on Wednesday, Media Affairs Minister Faisal Shboul said at least 10 people were probably still trapped, but “there were signs of life”.

The PSD said civil defense rescue workers had worked through the night to remove collapsed concrete roofs in their search for survivors, adding that eight people had been evacuated so far.

While officials blamed the collapse on poor foundations and weak support structures, residents claimed to Arab News that they believed that work on an adjacent new building had contributed to the disaster.

Houssam Najdawi of the Greater Amman Municipality said the building was nearly fifty years old.

He said residents of four buildings around the building that collapsed had been evacuated and taken to safe areas.

The official said technical teams from the municipality will assess the condition of old buildings in El-Louweibdeh, a major tourist attraction in Amman.

El-Louweibdeh is also one of the favorite neighborhoods of foreigners in Jordan.

Residents of the neighborhood told Arab News that property developers were building large residential buildings for foreigners. One resident said shopkeepers ‘didn’t pay attention to the fact that nearby houses were very old and unsafe’.

Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh ordered an investigation into the incident.

This text is the translation of an article published on

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