Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Up to eight feared dead in Marseille building collapse

French rescuers find body in ruins of collapsed buildings Rescuers find second body in rubble of collapsed Marseille buildings
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 13:31

Rescuers in the southern French city of Marseille found the bodies of four people in the ruins of two collapsed buildings as the search for victims and survivors continued into a second night.

Castaner said at the site that 120 police officers and 80 firefighters took part in the search-and-rescue operation, working through the night in the pile of beams and rubble.

Several others remain missing.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said air pockets under the debris meant there was hope of finding someone who could be saved.

Emergency crews were searching for as many as eight people feared buried in the debris, Marseille public prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux added on Tuesday.

Authorities said they were looking into what caused the collapse.

One of them had been condemned and, with its windows boarded up, was well-secured and in theory unoccupied, officials said.

People had been living in nine of the 10 apartments at number 65, while a shop occupied the ground floor.

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One of those thought dead includes a mother who did not collect her daughter from school on the day of the incident, and another woman who rarely left her apartment.

"The walls had been moving for several weeks and cracks had appeared", the 25-year-old philosophy student said.

The neighbourhood is home to many buildings in a similarly poor condition, some of them run by slum landlords.

Leading left-wing politician Jean-Luc Melonchon, who visited the scene Monday, had reportedly been critical of the city's housing policy.

Residents said Tuesday the structural risks of the buildings and others like them were widely known, but that city officials did little when alerted about them.

Marseille authorities began a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011.

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