World Bulletin / News Desk
The death toll from a Friday collapse of three apartment buildings in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, rose on Saturday to eight, local media reported.
Seventeen people are also still receiving treatment from collapse-induced injuries, the official Moroccan news agency said.
It added that the authorities had to evacuate three neighboring buildings in a precautionary measure, while the prosecution opened an investigation into the reasons for the falling down of the three buildings.
Four people were initially killed in the disintegration of the three housing blocks early on Friday, while 57 others injured, the Moroccan Ministry of Justice said.
Civil defense personnel are still searching for victims under the debris of the three buildings, which were adjacent to each other.
There has not been an official statement on the reasons behind the collapse of the three buildings, which were located in Bourgogne, a Casablanca district that was established in the 1960s and the 1970s.
Building collapses have become common in Casablanca, one of North Africa's most populated cities.Last Mod: 12 Temmuz 2014, 17:43