Death toll up to six in Marseille building collapse

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

"The searchers have found some survival pockets so there is perhaps hope there may be people still alive", French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, according to The Guardian.

The bodies of two men and one woman have been found in the rubble of two buildings that collapsed in the city of Marseille on Monday, the local fire brigade said, while searches continued for other people who might be buried.

"It's been 10 years that I have been living here and I have never had anyone come and inspect my apartment", said a woman who identified herself as Sophie.

The search has proven hard because one of the collapsed buildings, 63 Rue d'Aubagne, was closed and was possibly used by squatters.

Rescuers worked throughout the night to look for victims in the rubble of two dilapidated apartment blocks which collapsed suddenly on Monday morning not far from the centre of the Mediterranean port city.

"We still have hope, even if that hope is fading".

He added he had seen two other people arriving to visit one of the tenants in the building, which had 12 apartments, nine of them occupied. He added that the figures had changed little since making Marseille the European city with "the most decaying housing".

A young bar waiter, with tears in his eyes, watched the scene and anxious about an Italian woman who lived in the building.

The first victim - a man who had yet to be identified - was pulled from the wreckage Tuesday, said prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux.

"She was a great girl, she used to come and study at the bar", he said, without giving his name.

Several people remained missing after the adjacent multi-story structures collapsed on Monday.

"I haven't had any news", he said, wandering among the rescuers.

Recall that on 5 November it became known that two houses collapsed in Marseille.

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

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

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