Disasters & Accidents

Death toll of Brazil building collapse climbs to 6

Recife, Brazil, Apr 29 (EFE).- Rescuers in Brazil found the body of a 60-year-old woman in the early hours Saturday after an apartment building collapsed in the northeastern Brazilian city of Olinda killing six, authorities reported.

The woman identified as Maria do Socorro Oliveira da Silva, was the only missing person still being searched for in the rubble after the residential complex collapsed.

Pernambuco State Fire Department ended the search at 5.00 GMT on Saturday.

In addition to the six deaths, the collapsed structure left five people injured, including two women whose condition is still serious.

Initially, authorities reported that the accident had left two dead – a man and a child – but on Friday afternoon the firefighters located the body of a 52-year-old woman and at nightfall a 32 year-old woman and her 16 -year old daughter.

The collapse occurred Thursday night in the Leme building, a three-story building in the Jardim Atlântico neighborhood.

The building, which ran a risk of collapse, had an eviction order dated 2000 for its residents.

Around 100 firefighters and other first responders took part in the rescue operation.

Sniffer dogs and technicians from the Anatel telecommunication regulator equipped with devices to detect cell phone signals supported the search efforts.EFE


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