Rescue workers and onlookers look on from a second floor of a building at a the intersection of Revesha and Recife Streets where at least 10 people are thought to have been killed. (AFP Photo)
A major street in one of the Brazilian cities that hosted soccer World Cup matches collapsed during a procession Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring many more.
The Cordoba Avenue in Recife, a northern Brazilian city that was home to one of the matches during the World Cup, disintegrated into a river during the ceremony. At least another 30 people are missing, local media reported. A police spokesman confirmed that at least 12 people were killed, but Brazil’s government said it’s searching for an additional 20 people who are still missing, according to Reuters.
The scene: This is Cordoba avenue, a street in Recife. According to @BrazilGov, at least 12 people are dead. And 250 people have been hurt. Complete disaster. pic.twitter.com/XLeMCs7rM3 — Klaudia Zzekalis (@KlaudiaZZEZ) September 5, 2018
“This is a tragedy for everyone who lives in the city and for those who are dead and for those who are still missing,” Federal Governor Mendes de Mello said after visiting the scene. “I hope everyone can move beyond this pain and turn this into a strength to carry on.”
Authorities held a public meeting to determine what caused the collapse but said it was still unclear what caused the accident.
Local media reported that the parade was honoring 40 children who had died in a house fire near Recife two days earlier. It is unclear whether the children were among the casualties, or if they were being commemorated for a previous disaster.
The Novo Vidrio metro line, which runs parallel to the Cordoba Avenue, was shut down after the collapse.
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