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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A building that was under construction collapsed in South Africa on Monday, with authorities saying there were multiple injuries.

Local media reports said at least 59 people were trapped under the rubble after the collapse of what appeared to be a multi-story apartment block that was being built. The reports said 10 people had been rescued, with five sustaining serious injuries.

The building collapsed in the coastal city of George, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Cape Town.

The George Municipality said in a statement that its disaster management services, ambulances and police were responding to the building collapse. The building was located close to the municipal offices, it said.

It said there were multiple injuries but did not give any more details.

George Municipality spokesperson Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe told the News24 media outlet that the structure looked like it had four or five stories.

“At the moment, we don’t have the exact number of injuries,” Mangqwengqwe said. “Our emergency personnel and local ambulances are on site.”

The provincial Western Cape government said it was closely monitoring the situation and had sent resources to assist city authorities with the emergency response.

“All the necessary support has been offered to emergency personnel to expedite their response. At the moment, officials are focused on saving lives. This is our top priority at this stage,” Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, the head of the provincial government, said in a statement.

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