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GeorgeNews24 reports that seventy-two hours after a structural collapse, the survival rate for those trapped under the rubble drops to around 33%. After that, in the space of just one day, the survival rate of those who have been trapped for four days is 19%.

These are the odds rescue workers, combing through a collapsed construction site in George, are up against. On Thursday at 15:00, which marked 72 hours since the building collapsed, 44 people were still unaccounted for, presumed trapped under the rubble. The chief director of Western Cape Disaster Management, Colin Deiner, said the "golden window" of the first 72 hours was only a guideline, and he remained hopeful more survivors would be found. "We want to get into the basement. That's the area that is the least destroyed. There's quite a bit of stability. We're already down to the third floor now and we're not finding anybody. That means that people could be on the first floor in the basement. We're going to stay in rescue mode for a while longer," he advised. Deiner said it was inevitable that the operation would move to recovery and added: There must come a time when you have to accept that there is no hope of life. But we know, realistically, that for three days a person could be trapped with access to water and could survive. We've made full use of that time." Deiner said morale among the rescue teams remained high.

  • Read the full original of the extensive report in the above regard by Nicole McCain, Marvin Charles, Salette Litago & Siviwe Feketha at News24
  • Read too, No contact any more with entrapped workers: hope fading at collapsed George building site, at Sunday Times Daily (subscriber access only)

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