Sun. May 19th, 2024

Emergency services persist in their rescue mission after 22 hours at the site of a building collapse in George that occurred on Monday. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, alongside government officials and stakeholders, provided an update on Tuesday on the ongoing efforts to save trapped construction workers.

The death toll has risen to six, confirmed by the George Municipality before 12 pm. At the time of the collapse, 75 workers were on-site. Premier Winde expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and praised the bravery of emergency personnel involved in the delicate operation.

Currently, 111 emergency personnel, supported by volunteers and civil society groups, are engaged in the operation. Efforts are focused on the search, rescue, and recovery of the trapped workers. Premier Winde urged the public to allow authorities the necessary time and space to carry out the operation effectively.

Upon notification of the disaster, the Provincial Disaster Management Centre mobilized resources and personnel from across the province and municipalities to provide support. Specialized rescue teams, medical personnel, and infrastructure support have been deployed to the site.

The rescue operation, estimated to take four to five days, involves three teams working on different areas within the site. Psychosocial support services have been arranged for affected families and colleagues.

Infrastructure support, including heavy-lifting crane equipment, floodlights, and engineering expertise, has been arranged. The Western Cape Education Department has psychologists and social workers on standby to assist affected schools.

For those wishing to provide support, donations of drinking water, energy drinks, and safety equipment are welcomed. Donations can be delivered to designated sites manned by humanitarian organizations. Contact information for donations is available for those interested in contributing.

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