Death toll from the building collapse in George keeps on climbing

President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to the friends and family of five people who died in a building collapse in George in the Southern Cape.

As of 9a.m on Tuesday, 26 people have been pulled from the rubble, while 49 others remain unaccounted for.

COURTESY: Facebook - George Municipality


The multi-story construction site collapsed in Victoria Street on Monday afternoon, prompting a large scale emergency response. The cause is yet to be determined.

‘’Status of patients: 11 red / 3 yellow / 7 green / 5 blue. 75 construction workers were present on the site at the time of the collapse which occurred at 14:09 on Monday, 6 May. Three teams of rescue personnel are currently working on three different areas within the site of the collapsed building,’’ said George Municipality, in a statement.

Presidency spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, said the President's thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones as well as those who are trapped in the rubble.

"President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes rescue teams the best as they go about their operations and says investigations into the cause of the accident must bring closure to the community and prevent a repeat of this disaster," he said.

Rescue operations continues.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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