Victim of Tel Aviv building collapse Oleg Yakovov laid to rest: “I don’t know what I’ll do without him”

Dozens of friends and relatives accompanied Oleg Yakovov, who was killed in the collapse of the underground parking garage in Tel Aviv, on his last journey. “I never asked for help. Now I don’t know what to do,” his wife Galina cried. “I have the rent and bills to pay and I need my son but he’s in a coma.

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Three days after he was killed in the collapse of a parking garage in Tel Aviv, Oleg Yakovov (60) was laid to rest today (Thursday) at the new cemetery in Ramla. “He was a stable wall for me,” his wife Galina stated during the funeral ceremony. “I don’t know what I’ll do now.”

Dozens of people came to the cemetery to accompany Yakovov on his last journey. His wife Galina is handicapped and will now be forced to deal with her difficult financial situation on her own as well as take care of her and Oleg’s son, who suffered a stroke 12 years ago and is currently hospitalized in a coma. “I never asked for help. Now I don’t know what to do,” she stated. “I have the rent and bills to pay and I need my son but he’s in a coma. I don’t know what to tell him now.”

Galina Yakovov during the funeral Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Yesterday, Channel 2 News published an interview with Galina Yakovov in which she explained that in addition to the family’s difficult financial situation, her son from her first marriage Anton is facing possible deportation from Israel. Following the publication, the Israeli Ministry of Interior held an emergency meeting on the issue and this morning, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that Galina’s son would be granted temporary resident status on humanitarian grounds.

“This status grants all the medical and social rights and of course a work permit for Israel which will assist him in supporting his mother, who experienced a terrible loss after her husband was killed this week in the collapse of the underground parking garage in Ramat HaHayal,” the Israeli Ministry of Interior reported after a meeting held by the Knesset’s Humanitarian Committee.

The searches after missing persons continue Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Earlier today it was reported that A'had Elchag (34) from Bayt Rima and Denis Deachenko (28) from Ukraine were also killed in the parking garage collapse alongside Oleg Yakovov. Search and rescue teams are still operating at the site of the collapse, as 3 missing persons are still thought to be buried under the ruins.

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