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Tragedy Strikes: Building Collapse in South Africa Leaves Five Dead and Dozens Trapped

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  • The focus is on understanding the cause of the collapse to provide closure to the community and prevent such tragedies in the future.
  • Deiner emphasized the meticulous process involved, likening it to finding a needle in a haystack, requiring the breaking through of concrete and cutting through reinforcement.

A building collapse in South Africa has resulted in the loss of five lives, with approximately 50 individuals still trapped beneath the debris. Rescue efforts have been underway since the incident occurred in George, a coastal city in the Western Cape province.

By Tuesday morning, rescue teams had successfully extracted 26 out of the 75 construction workers who were present at the site during the collapse. Unfortunately, five of them were declared deceased, while the rest were hospitalized for treatment.

Of the 49 individuals still unaccounted for, rescuers have managed to establish contact with 11 of them. Colin Deiner, chief director for disaster management, reported that four of those contacted are trapped in a basement, raising hopes that more survivors may be found.

The rescue operation is a challenging endeavor, as responders navigate through the rubble to locate and extract those still trapped. Deiner emphasized the meticulous process involved, likening it to finding a needle in a haystack, requiring the breaking through of concrete and cutting through reinforcement.

The scene of a collapsed building in George, South Africa 

The cause behind the sudden collapse of the five-story building, situated near the city center, remains uncertain. Authorities have initiated an investigation, with the police opening a case to ascertain the circumstances leading to the incident.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa conveyed condolences to the affected families and urged swift investigations to rescue any remaining survivors. The focus is on understanding the cause of the collapse to provide closure to the community and prevent such tragedies in the future.

Among the injured, at least 11 are in critical condition, requiring immediate medical attention, while others are classified under varying degrees of urgency according to South Africa’s triage procedures.

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