Nine killed in campaign accident in Brazil

SAO PAULO: An auditorium held a campaign event before BrazilUpcoming elections partially collapsed on Tuesday, leaving nine people dead and at least 31 injured, authorities said.
The accident happened during a visit to a container shipping company in Sao Paulo states of the candidates running for office Conference and state legislatures, officials said.
Parliamentary candidate Ely Santos and state legislative candidate Jones Dozinette were among those injured in the crash in the Sao Paulo suburb of Itapecerica da Serra.
Pictures posted online by state emergency services showed rescuers sorting through the rubble of a stage and grandstand tilted at a near-vertical angle due to the collapse.
A total of 64 people were in attendance at the time, officials said.
“We are doing our best to make sure the rescue operation is as quick as possible,” said Luciana Soares, a spokeswoman for the Sao Paulo state emergency agency.
Brazil will hold federal and state elections on October 2.

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