George building collapse death toll reaches 19

George building collapse. Image: George Municipality

George building collapse: Death toll reaches 19 as rescue efforts intensify

Confirmed by the George municipality, the death toll in the George building collapse rises to 19, despite exhaustive rescue efforts.

George building collapse death toll reaches 19

George building collapse. Image: George Municipality

The death toll in the George building collapse has tragically climbed to 19, according to confirmation from the George municipality in the Western Cape on Sunday afternoon. Despite exhaustive rescue and recovery efforts, the grim reality persists.

The George municipality disclosed that after 145 hours of tireless operations, 48 individuals have been successfully extricated from the rubble.

Tragic toll: 19 dead, 14 hospitalised, and 33 missing in George building collapse

Regrettably, 19 have succumbed to the disaster, with 14 currently receiving medical care and 33 individuals still unaccounted for.

To ensure accuracy, the joint district operations centre has implemented a rigorous double verification protocol.

“The joint district operations centre adheres to a stringent double verification protocol to ensure the accuracy of the reported numbers. This is done in close collaboration with recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services,” said the municipality.

President Cyril Ramaphosa extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, acknowledging the profound loss experienced due to the collapse. In an official statement, President Ramaphosa expressed deep sorrow and solidarity with those affected, both by the loss of life and the ongoing plight of those trapped beneath the debris.

Premier Alan Winde urges swift action

Premier Alan Winde, joined by other officials, underscored the severity of the situation and the urgent need to prioritise saving lives.

“I want to express my most sincere condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims of the building collapse tragedy in George. My thoughts are with them during this exceptionally difficult time. Our priority right now is saving lives,” said Premier Winde.

Commending the bravery and unwavering commitment of emergency personnel, Premier Winde highlighted their pivotal role in the ongoing operation.

Meanwhile, Minister of Police Bheki Cele has undertaken a visit to the site to assess the situation firsthand and provide necessary support.

Additionally, the Minister visited the families of the victims to check up on their wellbeing and express his continued support.