Collapse of a building in South Africa: the toll rises to…

Collapse of a building in South Africa: the toll rises to…
Collapse of a building in South Africa: the toll rises to…

The death toll from the collapse of a building in South Africa rose to 19 deaths, municipal authorities announced on Sunday May 12, 2024.

In addition, 33 people are still missing, almost a week after the structure collapsed.

As a reminder, rescue teams have been working tirelessly since a building under construction in the town of George, in the south of the country, collapsed on Monday May 6 while a team of 81 people were on site.

Twenty-nine people have been rescued alive so far.

On Saturday, an unexpected survivor emerged after 116 hours from under the rubble of the collapsed building, according to municipal authorities.

Provincial authorities spoke of a ” miracle “ wheras’they were trying to speed up rescue operations.

“The question of rescue… and recovery is still mixed, people have the feeling that we have to go very slowly, especially with what happened yesterday,” Minister Bheki Cele told public broadcaster SABC during his visit to the site.

Family members staying at a nearby city hall since Monday told the police minister of their frustration at the slow identification process.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde previously said the process had been ” difficult “.

The police use fingerprints, DNA tests and photographs.

Previously, authorities declined to comment on speculation that most of the crew were foreign nationals.

However, the government said it would contact the diplomatic missions of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi over the incident and appealed for a “psychosocial support practitioner fluent in Chewa, Portuguese and Shona languages ​​assists survivors and their families”.

Plans to build a 42-apartment building were approved by the city in July.

The reasons for the collapse of the building in South Africa are still unknown.

© with AFP

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