Wall collapses in Manila, 2 dead

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HE GOT OUT ALIVE Rescuers extricate a man trapped under a portion of the collapsed concrete wall. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

HE GOT OUT ALIVE Rescuers extricate a man trapped under a portion of the collapsed concrete wall. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

A concrete wall near the Manila City Jail collapsed during heavy rains on Saturday, crushing four shanties.

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Two sisters aged 16 and 14 died.

The seven-foot boundary wall, which was part of a building that was dismantled years ago, fell on several shanties at the corner of Doroteo Jose and Oroquieta Streets, pinning down several residents.

Johnny Yu, head of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), said 15 persons were injured, including Rommel Ebio, 31, and Arnold Gomez, 35.

The sisters—Argielyn Joy Verina and Mary died while being treated at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Upon learning of the incident, Mayor Joseph Estrada dispatched more than 50 rescuers and other emergency units to assist the affected families.

“I have directed Mr. Yu and all concerned city hall departments to provide all the needs of the affected families,” Estrada said.

Aside from the MDRRMO, the Manila Community Response Team was also deployed to the site. The Department of Health sent at least seven ambulances while the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Manila Police District also sent personnel to assist in the rescue operations, according to Yu.

Authorities are now planning to relocate the 20 people who lived in the crushed shanties.

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