Saturday, 7 June 2014

Two more bodies pulled from collapsed Samarinda shophouse

Police searching for survivors under a collapsed shophouse construction have pulled two more bodies from the rubble, bringing the death toll to 11 and leaving one person unaccounted for, police said.

“The team is still searching but the remaining victim has not been found,” Samarinda Police chief Sr. Comr. Antonius Wisnu said on Friday. “We believe there is only one more victim trapped under the debris, and we’re all still searching for him.”

Eighty four workers were trapped inside the Cendrawash Permai house when the half-constructed building collapsed on Tuesday. Seventy two workers managed to escape from the building. Two were found alive on Tuesday, but later died in the hospital. The other nine were found dead between Tuesday and Friday.

The latest victims found on Friday were identified as Toni, 35, and Jono, 50. Both men were from Ponorogo, East Java.

The bodies of seven victims have been sent to their hometowns after identification by the East Kalimantan Disaster Victim-Identification team. The other men will be returned to their families soon.

The early investigation shows the contractors did not construct the building according to the plans submitted to the permit office, allegedly skimping on the steel frame and diluting the concrete mix.

Friday 06 June 2014


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