Death Toll Rises To 33 In Building Collapse

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Rescue Efforts Continue as Hope Fades for Missing Workers

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA – The death toll in last week’s devastating building collapse in George has risen to 33, with 19 workers still unaccounted for. The tragic incident occurred on May 6, when an apartment building under construction suddenly crumbled, leaving scores of workers trapped beneath the rubble.

Rescue teams have been working tirelessly to search for survivors, with 62 workers rescued and recovered so far. However, hopes of finding more survivors are dwindling as the days pass. Twelve workers remain hospitalized, with many in critical condition.

The victims hail from various countries, including South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Lesotho. The authorities have identified 18 of the deceased, with seven from South Africa, five from Malawi, three from Zimbabwe, two from Mozambique, and one from Lesotho.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the construction site on Thursday to pay his respects to the victims and offer support to the affected families.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, with an investigation underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

As the rescue efforts continue, the nation holds its breath, hoping against hope that more survivors will be found. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the rescue teams working tirelessly to bring closure to this devastating incident.

UPDATE

  • The search and rescue operation continues, with a focus on recovering the remaining 19 unaccounted workers.
  • The authorities have urged families of the missing workers to come forward for DNA testing to aid in the identification process.
  • The construction company and government authorities are facing mounting pressure to provide answers on the cause of the collapse and measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
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