Agrigento, building collapses after an explosion. Twelve missing

Among them also some children and a pregnant woman. The cause may have been the rupture of a methane pipe. The head of the regional department of Civil Protection at Adnkronos: “It looks like Beirut”

A building collapses in Ravanusa in the Agrigento area due to an explosion perhaps a methane pipe. I am at least twelve people missing, sources of rescuers told Adnkronos including a pregnant woman and some children. “We need tankers and mechanical vehicles, there has been a disaster”, the Mayor of Ravanusa, Carmelo D’Angelo, said live on Facebook. “I appeal to all available people who have shovels or bulldozers.”

It might have been the bursting of a city gas pipeline at the origin of the tragedy in the 4-storey building. This is the hypothesis that takes hold among those who intervened to bring relief to the area. At first there was talk of the explosion of a gas cylinder as the cause of the collapse.

On site, in addition to the firefighters and Usar specialized teams in the search for missing persons and dog lovers, also dozens of volunteers. The light towers and ambulances have already arrived. 22 Red Cross volunteers also arrived, in addition to the Ravanusa unit, from Licata, Palma di Montechiaro and Canicattì.

CIVIL PROTECTION

“There are at least four buildings affected, one collapsed and the other three were damaged,” Salvo Cocina, the head of the regional department of Civil Protection, told Adnkronos. “At this moment the flames have been extinguished but there are still pockets of gas and it is not possible to operate safely on the rubble. Until it is possible to dig it is not possible to say with certainty what is underneath and how many are missing exactly “.

“It looks like Beirut. The images that come to us from Ravanusa with broken glass, debris on the ground and rubble, rubble thrown tens of meters from the site of the explosion”. In addition to the firefighters and Usar specialized teams in the search for missing persons and dog lovers, there were also dozens of volunteers. The light towers and ambulances have already arrived. “We are ready to search through the rubble as soon as the area is made safe”, Cocina continues.

THE ARCHBISHOP OF AGRIGENTO

“I am close to the Ravanusa community which is experiencing moments of apprehension following the explosion caused by a gas leak” said the Archbishop of Agrigento, Monsignor Alessandro Damiano. “I pray for those who are working hard to contain the danger and to ascertain the hoped-for absence of victims. May the Lord keep us strong in tribulation and open to hope”.



Source-www.adnkronos.com