New York : Rescuers on Thursday combed through the rubble of two flattened Manhattan apartment buildings for bodies and survivors as the death toll rose to seven with over 65 people injured and nine others missing, reports PTI. The two buildings at 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem housing residential units and shops, collapsed after a huge explosion on Wednesday morning, just minutes after occupants complained of gas leak. The bodies of two men and a woman were pulled from the rubble overnight. Earlier, four bodies were extricated from the debris. New York’s Fire Department said a seventh victim was pulled out of the rubble this morning.
The number of injured from the incident has gone up to over 65 and at least nine people were still missing even as fire department personnel were on the scene “actively putting out pockets of fire.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had described the incident as a “tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people.” The impact of the explosion had downed the two buildings and there was also a “very heavy impact” on the surrounding complexes as well.