Fifth body found under collapsed buildings in French city of Marseille

French rescuers find body in ruins of collapsed buildings

French rescuers find body in ruins of collapsed buildings

Emergency workers are continuing to sift through the ruins for another three people who are still believed to be missing since the two buildings crumbled suddenly on Monday morning.

Earlier on Tuesday, Marseille public prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said up to eight people might have been buried.

A spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press Tuesday that a female body had been recovered from the debris of the buildings, which collapsed a day ago.

Images of the buildings before they collapsed, visible on Google Street View, showed that one of the buildings was clearly in poor fix, with boarded-up windows and large visible cracks on the facade before it collapsed.

Officials said they fear the death toll could possibly climb to eight.

"It's hell here, they know that it's crap and now people die for nothing", said local resident Toufik Ben Rhouma.

One of the buildings was in disrepair, its inhabitants were evicted. The disaster, he added, was "100 percent the fault of city hall".

Only one of the buildings was occupied, as the two others were in such a bad state that they had been condemned.

A young waiter watched the scene with tears in his eyes, anxious for news of an Italian woman who lived in the building.

"It could have been me", the 25-year-old philosophy student said, visibly shaken. However, according to neighbors, it is at the time of the tragedy could be people, particularly the homeless.

The buildings were in a small shopping street in the centre of the city.

He said that the chance of finding survivors was diminishing the longer the search continued, especially as the controlled collapse of a third building - which had been weakened by the initial disaster - had laid more rubble over the site. A 2015 report by the government found that 100,000 residents of Marseille "were living in housing that was risky to their health or security", according to AFP.

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