Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This footage shows the aftermath of a pavement collapse in Brazil that hospitalised at least 30 people including at least 11 children.
The incident took place during a Christmas event in the city of Joinville in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.
Several people were injured when the pavement gave way and they fell into a storm drain alongside a river below, with the police and fire brigade attending the scene.
According to the news portal G1, at least 19 adults and at least 11 children had to be taken to hospital.
The injured youngsters were taken to the Hospital Infantil de Joinville (Joinville Children’s Hospital), where they were treated for minor abrasions, according to the health authorities.
However, in a case the health authorities did not confirm, the fire brigade said one child suffered a traumatic brain injury.
The adults were taken to the Hospital Municipal Sao Jose de Joinville (Sao Jose de Joinville Municipal Hospital). Their respective conditions were not divulged.
According to G1, 19 firefighters, three ambulances and three support vehicles as well as paramedics and Civil Defence workers helped in the rescue.
G1 reported that the event continued, despite the pavement collapse.
According to local resident Ricardo Korb, as reported in G1: “Fathers and mothers with children in their arms fell. It was around two metres (6.6 feet) high and they landed in the sludge of the river.”
The City Hall of Joinville has issued a statement in which it said: “Everyone who needed care was rescued and is being treated in health facilities in the city.”