23.11.2013. - News from Zolitūde, Latvia, where the roof of the supermarket ‘Maxima’ fell in on more than 70 people.
The count of people found dead has raised to 52 people, 2 of them not identified. 29 people hospitalized, 11 firemen have gotten hurt in the search for survivors.
Around 300 square meters still need to be cleared away, that is what the rescuers tell us, but the searching will get more difficult from this point out. The perimeter left to check is very unstable. The building structure is very complicated and hose parts that haven’t fallen off have cracked, creating the possibility of another irruption. The process of cleaning away the rubble was halted during the early hours - 08:52 (8:52 AM) -, because the risk was too great. Now, though, since 09:59 (9:59 AM) the process has resumed.
16 kids have lost one of their parents; 3 have lost both of them.
Food has been delivered to the pace of accident for the people waiting behind barriers. Some haven’t left the scene since it happened more than 42 hours ago.
The hope still hasn’t died, as the authorities still think some survivors could be found.
All around the perimeter, on both sides of the barriers there thousands of candles and flowers placed.
Even tough it’s not part of their job, the policemen on the scene are helping people in finding a place where to put their candles and flowers, helping others to light them.
The unity of people are something that no words can describe, as total strangers just comfort those in need and the youth are helping in making sure everyone get’s a cup of warm tea or coffee and something to eat.
Hope still lives.