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Death Toll Continues to Climb in Polish Roof Collapse


The death toll from Saturday's collapse of a metal exposition hall roof in the southern Polish city of Katowice continues to climb. Officials now say they have pulled at least 26 bodies from the rubble.

A spokesman for the government of the Silesia region, where Katowice is located, said another 130 were injured.

Police say about 500 people from Poland and other countries across Europe were inside the facility attending a homing pigeon exhibition. Officials say several foreigners were believed to be among the casualties, but there are conflicting reports about their nationalities and condition.

Officials say the collapse was likely the result of the weight of snow on the roof after heavy snows and an arctic freeze that swept through Poland and neighboring countries this week. Temperatures plunged to minus 15 degrees Celsius as rescue efforts continued.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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