Tanzania’s government says the death toll from a collapsed building in the country’s largest city rose to 30 early Monday.

Rescue workers have given up hopes of finding more survivors after the 16-story building in Dar es Salaam collapsed on Friday morning.

Only 17 people were pulled out of the rubble alive by Friday.

The building, which was about to be completed, did not have tenants. Most of those killed were labourers and people passing by. The dead included children who were playing soccer at a nearby playground.

Witnesses say many construction workers are still missing.

In recent years, building collapses have become frequent in East African countries as some property developers bypass regulations to cut costs.

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