Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Fifth body found under collapsed buildings in French city of Marseille

Firefighters work at the scene where a building collapsed In Marseille on Monday Firefighters work at the scene where a building collapsed In Marseille on Monday Credit Claude Paris Claude Paris Source AP
Steven Clarke | 08 November, 2018, 17:08

A man's body was recovered from the rubble after the bodies of another man and a woman were found earlier in the day, a spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press.

A third adjoining building partially collapsed on Monday night. "People died for nothing even though we knew", he added. The first victim - a man - was pulled from the wreckage Tuesday, prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said, adding that he needed to be identified. The others were so dilapidated they had been condemned and were boarded up, though locals said they were frequently used by squatters.

As many as eight people were feared dead Tuesday after two dilapidated apartment blocks collapsed in the southern French city of Marseille, where a first body was pulled out of the wreckage.

A local resident, Toufik Ben Rhouma, blamed Marseille city hall for the disaster.

Google Maps images taken in recent months showed the collapsed buildings had large cracks in their facades.

The news service reports that nine of that building's 10 units were occupied, with a shop filling the lower level.

The collapse has highlighted concerns over the condition of up to 6,000 buildings in Marseille, which have been estimated to be in similarly poor fix.

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

Abdou Ali, 34, came in search of his mother after she did not come to collect her youngest son from school on Monday afternoon.

Authorities have not revealed the identities of the victims, and several other people remain missing.

Sophie Dorbeaux, a 25-year-old philosophy student, was one of them.

The collapse of two houses occurred on the morning of November 5, Aubagne street in the centre of Marseille.

But the incident - rare in a major Western city - has already sparked a political row over the quality of housing available to Marseille's poorest residents. However, according to neighbors, it is at the time of the tragedy could be people, particularly the homeless.

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

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