Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

In France, under the rubble found the bodies of the dead

In France, under the rubble found the bodies of the dead

The collapse has highlighted concerns over the condition of up to 6,000 buildings in Marseille, which have been estimated to be in similarly poor fix.

Prosecutors said the bodies of two men and a woman were found separately under the 15-metre pile of rubble on Rue d'Aubagne, a narrow shopping street which now resembles the scene of an natural disaster.

Rescuers formed a human chain to remove the debris, stone by stone. Authorities said the vacant building had been deemed substandard.

The death toll is likely to increase as between five and eight people are missing, French interior minister Christophe Castaner said. "People died for nothing even though we knew", he added. "There could still be air pockets", a senior rescue official said.

Images of the buildings before they collapsed, visible on Google Street View, showed that one of the buildings was clearly in poor fix, with boarded-up windows and large visible cracks on the facade before it collapsed.

"It's been 10 years that I have been living here and I have never had anyone come and inspect my apartment", said a woman who identified herself as Sophie.

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As the investigation continues into the cause of the incident, it's been confirmed that only one of the buildings was inhabited with nine of the ten apartments being occupied.

"She was a great girl, she used to come and study at the bar", he said, without giving his name.

"It's the homes of the poor that are falling down, and that's not a coincidence", said local lawmaker Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the leftwing France Unbowed party.

Marseille authorities launched a vast upgrade plan for the city centre in 2011.

Image of buildings on Google Street View before they collapsed, showed that one had five stories and the other six.

According 2015, about 100 thousand inhabitants of Marseille, live in housing that threatens their health or safety.

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