Three bodies found in rubble of collapsed buildings in Marseille

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

A man's body was recovered from the rubble after the bodies of another man and a woman were found earlier in the day, a spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press. Authorities initially said there may be up to to eight victims.

Arriving at the site Tuesday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said "air pockets" under the debris meant there's "hope to locate and find someone that can be saved".

Two buildings containing apartments at numbers 63 and 65 Rue de l'Aubagne suddenly collapsed in the rundown Noailles district of the Mediterranean port on Monday morning. An adjoining third building, number 67, sustained damage and was torn down for fear it would collapse, as well.

People had been living in nine of the 10 apartments at number 65, while a shop occupied the ground floor.

Authorities said they were looking into what caused the collapse of the buildings, described by residents of the area as dilapidated and in need of fix.

French rescue workers are seen near rubble after buildings collapsed in central Marseille, France on November 5, 2018.

"We still have hope, even if that hope is fading".

"It's hell here, they know that it's crap and now people die for nothing", said local resident Toufik Ben Rhouma.

The collapse has provoked soul-searching and criticism about the parlous state of some housing in Marseille, France's second-largest city.

Marseille city authorities, who have evacuated and rehoused 100 residents from nearby buildings as a precaution, believe heavy rain may have contributed to the collapse.

Christian Nicol, a former buildings inspector who oversaw the 2015 report, told RTL radio this represented around 13% of homes. The disaster, he added, was "100 percent the fault of city hall".

Three bodies have been pulled out of the rubble of several buildings that collapsed on Monday in the French city of Marseille, according to fire officials.

Mr Tarabeux said: "It is very, very likely to be five people".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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