Frantic efforts are continuing to save people trapped under a collapsed roof in Moscow – the third such fatal incident in Europe this winter. At least 50 people are now known to have died when the snow-covered roof of a market in the east of the city crashed down early this morning.
Rescuers are trying to locate scores of market traders and staff thought to be buried in the rubble. Survivors have reportedly being using their phones to call for help. The architect who designed the building said the flat roof was not built to bear a heavy load of snow. He was charged last year with negligence over the design of a Moscow swimming pool complex, whose roof collapsed in 2004 under the weight of snow, killing 28 people. He has denied responsibility. Some 30 people have been taken to hospital. As the work continues, relatives have been keeping a vigil at the scene. One man said: “My brother’s in there. He’s not answering his phone.”