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Ramiro Mantilla | 19 May, 2017, 20:22

A multi-storey wedding venue collapsed during construction in Sri Lanka on Thursday, injuring at least 20 workers and leaving three others missing, police and hospital officials said.

Sri Lankan firemen and rescue workers look for survivors after a seven-story building collapsed during construction in Colombo on May 18, 2017. Police, soldiers and firefighters were involved in the search for the missing woman.

Those injured building in collapse in Colombo have been sent to hospitals, police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director of Colombo National Hospital one of the injured admitted to the hospital succumbed to his injuries.

The reason for the building collapse was not immediately clear but Jayakody said the weight of the new extension could have been the cause.

He said the victim is unable to come out due to a concrete wall and soldiers are talking to him through a hole made through the concrete.

"He is safe and we are trying to rescue him", Seneviratne said.

Police say at least 19 people have been injured in the collapse of a five-story building under construction in Sri Lanka's capital.