Rescuers work into the night: “It’s a race against the clock”

Many teams are still looking for survivors underneath the ruins of a collapsed underground parking garage in Tel Aviv in an attempt to rescue seven people who still are trapped. So far, the disaster has killed two and injured 24 others.
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Two people were killed today after an underground parking area collapsed in Tel Aviv. 24 other people were injured in the incident and taken to different hospitals. At this point, serious efforts are being made to rescue civilians who are trapped underneath the rubble. “We heard voices from underneath the rubble,” the rescue teams stated.

One of the causalities, who was evacuated in mild condition, said: “We saw that stones began to fall from the top and then we felt that everything started to collapse. We looked around from above when the stones began to fall and it looked like someone made a hole in the ceiling. We simply started to run away.”

Rescue teams in Ramat HaHayal Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

“I don’t wish for anyone to be in such an incident,” Micah, who was also injured, related. “There was a small tractor that was cleaning up the floor and every time that it passed us, we felt the floor move a little. I told the work manager that it doesn’t feel right. Suddenly, parts of the ceiling began falling and we ran quickly. It started from a small hole in the middle and everything collapsed downward in a boom. I don’t have an explanation for it. It’s scary to think that everything is going to collapse and that you’ll collapse together with the building.”

The scene of the collapse in Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

An initial investigation found that the collapse was caused by an engineering failure. “It’s said that there was [either] a failure in the planning or work was done that was contrary to the plans,” Ran Cohen of the Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry stated.

The IDF Home Front Command and the Oketz Unit, which is the IDF’s canine special forces unit, are working together with Magen David Adom and the Israel Police in order to complete the evacuation process.

Currently, only one person injured in the parking garage’s collapse remains in Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, which took in most of the wounded.

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