The apartment building that collapsed in Akari, Philippines, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others on Tuesday was constructed in 2006 by a company that had never been inspected by the government, a Philippine official said.
The building collapsed in the town of Akari in the province of Bicol, in the central Philippines, just hours after it was completed.
More than 40 other people are still missing and a rescue effort is underway, said local official Alfredo Calo, a member of the provincial government.
At least 18 bodies have been recovered, including that of the building’s tenant, the local fire department chief, said Lt.
Gen. Jose Lito Lopez, the regional chief of the Philippine Army.
The death toll from the collapse of the apartment complex in Akaribago town has been revised from 40 to 20, Lito told reporters on Tuesday.
Lopez said more than 60 people were trapped in the building, which had two floors.
He said the fire department is investigating why the building fell.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Lobo said authorities were searching for a man who is suspected of ordering the building to collapse.
He did not elaborate.
He said authorities have launched an investigation into the building collapse, and the police are assisting.
In March, another apartment complex, another in Akkarabago, collapsed in a similar fashion in the same region.
More than 100 people were killed.