IN IMAGES – The first three places collapsed in the city center. The race against the clock began to find potential survivors in rubles. Mayor John Clod Gaudin hopes "fewer deaths".
Few hours after the collapse of the two buildings in the heart of Marseille, help desk workers still find it hard to work to find people in prison. According to Julien Roas, deputy deputy, operations will continue throughout the night and possibly for several days. PACA region president Reno Muselier convinced Monday that seven people were "on the list" after this collapse. Among these seven people would be a woman who did not enter school admission, and another woman, "who never got out of her home," he said. Moreover, although it has not yet been possible to find out if they lived in one of the buildings collapsing, the CCTV camera shot two men on the pavement just before they collapsed.
Operations continue in search of possible victims
At around 9:00, the accident affected Rue D'Aubagne 63 and 65 in the Noah's popular area and slightly injured two passers-by. Two four-storey and five-story buildings, which are very outdated, have paved the way for a huge sand pile and thick smoke caused by the collapse. The third building collapsed after late afternoon. Nearly 100 firefighters were mobilized to provide this district of Marseilles District 1 and carry out research supported by two teams of cinotechniques. "The fact that we find as few deaths as possible, but we think it will be," said Mayor Marcel J. Claude Gaudin, referring to a "very serious" accident. "We are a very delicate operation, there is a lot of rubble on public roads, including cars that are buried," added the region's prefect Pierre Dartout. During the visit, Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner, along with the Minister for Urban and Housing, Julian Denormandy, arrived.
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Julien Denominh Thuringia, who went there in the middle of the afternoon. "I can not say if people are in jail or not," he said, adding that everything was done to "help, help, offer a solution." "" There is a race against the clock, "he added, while Emmanuel Macron expressed his" love and solidarity of all the people in the place of our compatriots in this city, in these territories in this region, "spoken by Pont-a-Mousson, Meurthe- et-Moselle
From the middle of the day, a "population and family census, known as the inhabitant of this building," was set up, as explained by Police Prefect Marseilles Olivier de Mazieres. Julien Ruas, the deputy mayor, for his part, called on the people affected by the collapse to "go to the town hall to tackle the obstacles to relocation," and as soon as possible, in light of the announced storm. Earlier on that day, he said that one of the two buildings was subjected to the "ten days" sequence of distress, "after the difficulty of covering the ground floor." Therefore, its passengers had to be fired. It was a municipality building, while the second building had learned nine of the twelve apartments Le Figaro. According to the MarsActa site, "ten people in the city of Marseille, located in the municipality, No. 63" were to be installed in Marsella. The 65th building was populated. A few minutes before the collapse of the washing machine's first-floor windows ", this can be read on the site.
The third building collapsed
For precautionary reasons, the authorities quickly evacuated "a few dozen people living in neighboring buildings," said Philippe Bianchi, a spokesman for the police. "Structurally, the Marseilles buildings are kept with each other, so we do not want to take risks and we are evacuating this island," said Julien Ruas. Very fine action: around 17H15, the firewall explained to Twitter on the side of the third building, which was already very weakened and threatened to collapse to the rescuers, "fell by itself" to 75%. From summer 2012 the building was abandoned and restored.
Marseilles Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux used a police accident investigation to determine the exact causes of the tragedy. In his statement, the mayor of Marseille explains that this "dramatic accident could be due to heavy rains that have fallen" in the city in recent days. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône, who went on the spot, said that he wanted to avoid disputes and congratulate the relief work. However, a Member condemned the policy of the Mayor and his neglect gentrification, while the deaths of some buildings were reported. "It's a camp for poor houses, and it's not a coincidence," he condemned, crying "the odd oddness of oddness and indifference to poverty." Senator PS Samia Ghali, she regretted that "behind the idyllic postcards we again measure housing policy and the failure of the center".
"There was a big boom"
"I was living side by side, I was watching TV when I heard loud noises, but no explosion, then cloudy smoke," AFP Antonio Dias said for 30 years. Another neighbor, Sofia Benameurs, also said the noise "made badaboum, badaboum" as stones, and suddenly there was a lot of smoke in my house, I had to end. "" For a few seconds, the building collapsed in one block. "I did not see the sound of the bang," AFP Djaffar Nour told AFP, who was only a few tens of meters from the collapsed buildings on the shopping street. "There was a big boom and suddenly collapsed," said Ludovich, a 26-year-old student living in a room next to the collapsed building. " At that time there were a lot of people on the street in the neighborhood. "
"After that, we were forced to leave our house because of the risk of collapse," said a young man who was awakening two of her roommates, including a girl who only had time to put a jacket over her armchair. "Last week, firefighters came and blocked the street for two hours because of the risk of collapse, but then nothing had happened," Ludovich added.