Death toll rises further after George tragedy


The Tuinroete district municipality confirmed on Sunday that the death toll from the tragedy unfolding in George stands at 16. A total of 36 people are still missing.

“We pay a special tribute to the mothers who stand anxiously on Mother’s Day and wait for news about their loved ones, the mothers who are still trapped under the construction debris and those who lost their mothers in this tragedy,” the municipality said in a statement. .

Rescue and recovery efforts continue for a sixth day at the site where a building collapsed on 6 May 2024 in Victoria Street. A total of 81 people were on the scene when tragedy struck. Fourteen people are still recovering in hospital.

The rescue effort adheres to strict double verification protocol to ensure the accuracy of the numbers. This is done in collaboration with rescue teams, hospitals and forensic services.