Four die in collapse of T/A parking garage

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Collapse of Tel Aviv building underground paking construction kills four - injures dozens. The dead were a Ukrainian worker, a Palastinian and two Israelis
by JTA | Sep 08, 2016

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JERUSALEM (JTA) - The body of another worker was pulled from the rubble of the collapse of a four-level underground parking structure under construction in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening bringing the death toll to four. The third and fourth bodies were located several hours apart.

Three other workers, Israeli and Palestinian, are believed to still be trapped under the rubble more than 24 hours after the collapse at the building site late Monday morning. At least 20 people were injured in the accident.

Israel Building collapseOne of the dead has been identified as a Ukrainian worker.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site late Monday night, eschewing the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match between Israel and Italy being held in Jerusalem. The site was swarming with search-and-rescue personnel.
"I am constantly monitoring the rescue efforts at the disaster site in Tel Aviv," Netanyahu said on Tuesday morning as he boarded a flight for a two-day state visit in the Netherlands, adding that he was "deeply impressed by the work of the rescue units led by the GOC Home Front Command".
"The people are doing exceptional work on the highest professional level to be found anywhere in the world," he said. "There are still people trapped; we are making every effort and are not giving up on anyone. We will reach them all."
Dudi Mizrahi, the head of the Israeli army’s Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit, said on Monday evening that the search-and-rescue operation could go on for days. He said “the chances of finding anyone alive” were less likely with each passing hour, according to The Times of Israel.
Some 300 Israeli army search-and-rescue personnel have been involved in the search, as well as 160 rescue workers from the fire department. A K-9 unit also is on the scene to assist in locating the missing workers.
Police have placed a gag order on details of the investigation into what caused the collapse, according to Haaretz, which reported that a number of serious safety accidents have occurred in recent months at sites under construction by Danya Cebus, the company operating the site where Monday's collapse occurred. An accident three months ago occurred at the same site, according to Haaretz.
The collapse sent a large plume of dust floating over the area. Officials were trying to determine the cause of the collapse as rescue crews and medical workers converged on the scene. 
Lior Teherani, a fire official, told Channel 10 TV that the collapse of the parking garage brought down a crane, which then caused part of a building to collapse as well. 
Aerial images released by police and shown on Israeli TV showed a large, crater-like hole in the ground.
At least 24 workers, Israelis and Palestinians, were injured in the collapse.
Some 18 construction workers were rescued in the hour after the collapse late Monday morning.
A Tel Aviv Police spokesman said there is danger that the structure, in the northern part of the city, will collapse further. 
The parking garage, for which construction began in November 2014 and was to be completed at the beginning of next year, was slated to have four levels. (JTA and wire services)


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