Rescue Efforts Continue on Day 10 After George Building Collapse: Latest Updates and Statistics Revealed

Rescue Efforts Continue on Day 10 After George Building Collapse: Latest Updates and Statistics Revealed

Ten days have passed since the harrowing incident in George where a building under construction tragically collapsed, sparking an ongoing rescue and recovery mission.

Rescue teams and various stakeholders have been tirelessly working at the site for 235 hours since the collapse occurred.

Victims and Statistics Update

As of the latest update from the George Municipality, a total of 81 individuals were estimated to be on-site when the collapse transpired.

Of these, 62 have been rescued or recovered, with 33 confirmed deceased (27 males, 6 females). Additionally, 12 individuals are currently hospitalized, while 19 remain unaccounted for.

Progress in Rubble Removal

Approximately 2,500 tons of building rubble have been cleared from the incident site, with an estimated 500 tons still awaiting removal.

The rescue operation has divided the site into six sections, with two sections yet to be fully cleared down to the basement level.

Verification Process Ensures Accuracy

Maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers, particularly regarding the deceased, is paramount in emergency response scenarios.

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre employs a strict double verification protocol, cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

Call for Donations and Support

In light of the ongoing emergency response efforts, the George Municipality has provided avenues for public support.

Donations of drinking water, energy drinks, wine gums, or food for emergency services personnel are encouraged and can be delivered to designated collection points.

Dignitaries Visit Site, Media Briefing Scheduled

President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and other ministers, will visit the disaster site in George.

A media briefing is scheduled to provide updates and address queries regarding the ongoing situation.

Financial Contributions and Post-Incident Support

For those wishing to make financial contributions, banking details for the George Municipality Relief and Charitable Fund are provided.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development assures affected families of continued support services for a minimum of six months, including psychosocial support for rescue and non-rescue personnel.

Continued Updates and Condolences

The South African website pledges to provide further updates as they become available, extending thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this tragic event.

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