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GeorgeNews24 reports that it was quiet at the scene of the collapsed building in George on Wednesday, with little progress in the rescue operation. The death toll remained unchanged at 33 since 15:00 on Tuesday. Nineteen people have not yet been found.

George municipality fire chief Neels Barnard said the primary focus was on clearing rebar to gain access to the front right of the site. "Then, from there, we are going down to the basement. We are very close to the basement,” Barnard indicated. He said the site has been split into different zones. Despite the unchanged number of casualties and recoveries, officials remained hopeful. "I think we will get more recoveries in front at [the left and right side of the building] because there's a certain area where we didn't work," Barnard pointed out. He said he hoped to complete the recovery operation by Friday and indicated: "We just want to reassure all the families, loved ones, and the community out there that we are going to do our best to finish by Friday. We will stand until the last minute." On Wednesday, the Garden Route District Municipality said that the Victim Identification Centre and Forensic Pathology Service (FPS) had completed the formal identification process. "Up to now, 47 victims have been linked to their families," the municipality advised. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi are expected to visit the area on Thursday.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Iavan Pijoos at News24

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