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MEDIA STATEMENT: 15:00 Status Update – Building Collapse, Victoria Street – George

MEDIA STATEMENT: 15:00 Status Update – Building Collapse, Victoria Street – George
Issued Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 11 May 2024, @ 3pm

We are halfway through day five of rescue operations at the collapsed building site on 75 Victoria Street and grateful to have extricated another survivor. This is a result of the decision taken by the multi-agency command to continue employing a systematic rescue and recovery approach. The operation has spanned 121 hours as at 15:00 11 May 2024.

This rescue brings new hope and teams have found new energy to continue with rescue and recovery operations. The survivor was extricated cautiously and transported to the hospital after being stabilized by the onsite medical team.

Confirmed statistics:
– Total estimated individuals on-site during the incident: 81
– Patients rescued: 42
– Patients deceased: 13
– Patients currently hospitalized: 14
– Unaccounted for: 39

The Joint District Operations Centre adheres to a rigorous double verification protocol in reporting rescue and recovery numbers, collaborating closely with recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

In our ongoing efforts to support survivors and families, we issue a call for professional psychosocial support practitioners proficient in Chewa, Portuguese, and Shona languages. Practitioners can reach out to Kholiswa Jobela at 078 210 5972 or Apolus Swart at 061 504 4205.

There is currently a need for following safety equipment:
safety goggles,
headlamps, and
construction gloves.
These items can be delivered to GRDM Fire Station, Pearl Road, Tamsui Industria.

We thank Love George, Gift of the Givers and George Alert Team for coordinating the donations with the support of Lions Club, Rotary, a number of small and big businesses, neighbourhood watches, faithbased organisations and members of the general public.

Further updates will be provided by 18:00 pm, 11 May 2024, South African Time.

Photo Credit: Herman Pieters, Garden Route Municipality