November 7, 2018 / 6:42 AM / 6 days ago

Sixth body found under collapsed buildings in French city of Marseille

French rescue workers and emergency services work near the rubble of two dilapidated buildings that collapsed this week in the city of Marseille, France, November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The body of a sixth victim has been found in the rubble of two dilapidated buildings that collapsed this week in the city of Marseille, said a public prosecutor official on Wednesday.

The buildings collapsed on Monday morning. Emergency services combing through the rubble have now found the bodies of four men and two women.

Authorities had initially said that up to eight people might have been buried in the debris.

Rescue teams said their work had been complicated since the collapse had destabilised other nearby buildings in the street, which lies not far from the city’s historic Old Port area.

Authorities said they were looking into what caused the collapse of the buildings, described by residents of the area as dilapidated and in need of repair.

Reporting by Jean-François Rosnoblet; Additional reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Michel Rose

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