After the collapse of a residential building in Batumi, Georgia on Friday, rescuers pulled the bodies of five people out of the rubble during the night, including one child, Georgian media reported. Earlier, on Friday, a woman and a man were rescued. According to reports, the search for two children whose screams the rescuers heard during the day is still ongoing.
On Friday in Batumi, Georgia the annex of a five-story residential building collapsed. After a few hours of action, a woman and a man were pulled out from under the rubble of the living.
Rescuers have pulled out the bodies of five people, but still haven’t found two children
The Georgian media reported that the bodies of five people, including one child, were excavated during the night.
In addition, in the initial phase of the rescue operation, at least two people were pulled out of cars parked next to the house, which were also under debris.
According to the Sputnik portal, the rescuers have not yet managed to find the two children of the woman rescued on Friday, whose screams they heard during the day.
Residents are on the spot of the tragedy
The rescue operation lasted all day and all night. Clearing the rubble is arduous as no equipment is used due to concerns about crushed people. 300 people worked there on Friday evening. TV stations broadcast live from there. The media reported that despite nightfall, many people remained near the site of the tragedy, praying and lighting candles. Earlier, the residents of Batumi organized help for the victims, including collecting clothes and food for them, offering them accommodation. The authorities promised to help the victims.
Construction disaster in Batumi, Georgia
Part of a five-story apartment building in Batumi collapsed on Friday around noon Georgian time (10 in Poland), and the cause is not known yet. Some witnesses said they heard the explosion, which could indicate a gas explosion. Another version tells about the collapse of the load-bearing wall due to improperly carried out renovation on the ground floor of the building, where there are, among others, cafes, shops and a beauty salon. They came to Batumi, among others Minister of the Interior and Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili. The head of government assured that the emergency services were doing everything possible to save people trapped under the rubble.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the main of the currently investigated versions of the cause of the disaster is the removal of the load-bearing wall during the renovation on the ground floor.
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