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Cape Argus reports that rescue crews working to locate construction workers trapped beneath the rubble of a collapsed building in George are in for a long and challenging weekend.

The multi-storey apartment in Victoria Street collapsed on Monday. It was initially reported that 75 workers were on site when the building collapsed, but that number has been revised to 81. More than 70 hours after the tragedy first occurred, 37 people have been retrieved from the rubble while eight were found deceased. On the day of the tragedy, there were electricians, painters, and construction workers present, including several female cleaners. Seven of the surviving workers were roped in to assist the authorities on where everyone was on the day as well as the type of clothing they were wearing. A total of 3,000 cubic tons of concrete must still be removed from the site in the ongoing rescue response. More than 200 rescue personnel from the City of Cape Town, Breede Valley and Worcester, including volunteers, are still searching for the remaining workers. Colin Deiner of Western Cape Provincial Disaster Services said on Wednesday that heavier equipment was being brought in. “We are moving away from rescue equipment to demolition equipment. It doesn’t mean we are moving from rescue to recovery, but we have to change the equipment to the conditions of the building,” Deiner explained. Once the slabs are lifted, sniffer dogs will come in and assist with the search and rescue.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Byron Lukas at Cape Argus

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