The death toll has risen to 114 in Caracas, Venezuela as the city digs out from under the rubble of the earthquake that struck July 29.
The death toll has risen to 114 in Caracas, Venezuela as the city digs out from under the rubble of the earthquake that struck July 29. Army engineers, searching the rubble and removing dead, blamed faulty construction of high rise apartments for many casualties.
Many dead and injured were removed from a section of Caracas where engineers said four multi-story apartment buildings were badly built and designed. One engineer said concrete used in two of the buildings was of "very poor quality and mixed badly." Both of these buildings collapsed in the tremors that shook the area.
Bulldozers are being used to remove debris and search for bodies and possible survivors. The official estimate of property damage is set at 15,000,000 dollars. A Venezuelan spokesman says the cleaning up will take at least two weeks. Officials say the earthquake left 100,000 homeless and 2000 injured.