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MEDIA STATEMENT: 9am Status Update – Building Collapse, Victoria Street – George

Issued Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 11 May 2024, @ 09:00

Update: Day five of rescue operations at the collapsed building site on 75 Victoria Street is underway. The multi-agency command persists in employing a systematic rescue and recovery approach, meticulously clearing rubble to uncover potential voids (open spaces) where individuals may be trapped. At 09:00 am, 11 May 2024, the operation has spanned 115 hours.

Confirmed statistics:
– Total estimated individuals on-site during the incident: 81
– Patients rescued: 41
– Patients deceased: 13
– Patients currently hospitalized: 13
– Unaccounted for: 40

The Joint District Operations Center 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.

Further updates will be provided by 12:00 pm, 11 May 2024, South African Time.

Photo Credit: Herman Pieters, Garden Route Municipality