VIDEO: Construction worker freed 33 hours after deadly collapse

Two construction workers were killed and 18 injured when metal scaffolding collapsed at a Pullman Hotel construction site in Mandalay on Saturday afternoon.

Late on Sunday night, San Myint Aung, 19, emerged from the rubble after enduring 33 hours of painstaking rescue efforts by the Red Cross, the fire department and local volunteers. He is now receiving treatment at Mandalay General Hospital.

Myanmar Red Cross Society member Win Lwin Tun who joined the rescue effort told DVB on Sunday that one of the deceased workers was identified as Aye Myat Ko.

“At the moment, we are providing medical assistant for those injured with help from civil society workers. We managed to recover a body yesterday evening around 9:30pm are currently working with the Fire Department to free someone trapped in the rubble.”

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The other deceased worker had been preparing for his wedding on Monday. Local authorities announced they are seeking charges against Nyan Family Construction, operator of the section where the scaffolding collapsed.

The Mandalay site is the first hotel investment in Burma by Pullman Hotels, part of the Accor hotel chain group, which includes Sofitel and Mercure and Novotel.

The Paris-based firm, which operates and franchises 3,700 hotelson five continents, is yet to make a statement.

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