Following the collapse of apartment buildings, 6 institutions were found in Marseille, France

Following the collapse of apartment buildings, 6 institutions were found in Marseille, France

So far, the bodies of four men and two women have been found, Reuters reports. Initially, the authorities claimed that there could be up to eight victims.

"The searchers have found some survival pockets so there is hope that people can still live," French Home Minister Christophe Castaner said in a statement to The Guardian.

Sophie Dorbeaux, a 25-year-old philosophy student, was one of them. He told AFP he was with his parents at night before the crash because many of the building's doors didn't close. "It could have been me," the woman said.

The news service reported that nine out of ten units in this building were occupied, with the store occupying the lowest level. The adjacent third building, number 67, was damaged and demolished for fear of collapsing.

"The risk is that it is a card house. It was a dilapidated building, but there were both owners and tenants. It was not on the outskirts," said Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. guardian.

Pictures taken in Google Street View in July show the number 63 with broken facade and sunken windows. Number 65 seems to be in slightly better condition.

The collapse occurred near the city's old harbor, in a bustling area full of outdated buildings. A 2015 government report found that 100,000 Marseille residents "lived in housing that was dangerous to their health or safety," the AFP said.

"Now is not the time for controversy," Castaner wrote on Twitter. "Clear felling and salvation are urgent: all our energy is dedicated to it. The time for investigation is coming."

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