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MEDIA STATEMENT: Special update: – Building Collapse, Victoria Street – George, 10 May 2024, 13:45

Please be advised of a further update as announced at the Premier’s media briefing at 13:00 today. Three (3) more bodies have been recovered today in addition to the 9 as announced in the previous statement.

Total estimated number on-site at the time of incident: 81
Patients retrieved: 40
Patients deceased: 12
Patients hospitalised: 33 with 13 still in hospital
Unaccounted: 41

Disaster management would also like to advise that currently there are enough volunteers on-site with names captured on a waiting list. The volunteer and donation response from the George community has been overwhelming and is commended and appreciated. We ask that the public please does not respond to any requests for volunteers on social media unless such notice is formally issued by the GRDM JOC and/or George Municipality,.

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has declared the incident site at Victoria Street a No-Fly Zone. This restriction will be strictly enforced, and any individuals found violating it will be subject to criminal prosecution.

An update will be issued by 3pm on Friday 10 May 2024, – South African Time.

On-site Triage Description
Blue: Deceased
Red: Critical
Yellow: Serious
Green: Minor