Local January 19, 2023 | 9:30 am

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Abinader orders investigation into store collapse

President Luis Abinader directed that the cause of the collapse of the R&S Multimuebles company, located on Las Carreras street in La Vega, be investigated and those “responsible” identified. The president stated on his Twitter account that he is accompanying the families of those trapped and that everything possible is being done to save the lives of the two people who are under the rubble. “We have taken action since learning of the collapse of a building in La Vega. We accompany the families of the injured and do everything in our power to save the lives of those who were trapped beneath the rubble. “We request an investigation to determine responsibilities,” he wrote.

According to the Presidency’s Administrative Minister, José Ignacio Paliza, who went to the disaster site, there were six people in the building, four of whom have already been rescued, and two women remain under the rubble. So far, the government’s information indicates that the women who have not been rescued are alive. “We have already been able to rescue, the specialized bodies, four citizens alive and in the process of recovery, and two more women remain in the incident so far, but they have also given us proof of life and, therefore, work is being done in an accelerated way to be able to rescue them as well,” Paliza said while indicating that he was in the location on President Abinader’s instructions. It was later revealed that one of the two people, Yaris Joaquin, had passed away. 

Members of the National Army, Fire Department, Civil Defense, Emergency Operations Center personnel, and various rescue units from across the country have converged on the collapse, which occurred around noon yesterday.

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Paul Tierney
January 19, 2023 9:35 am

There will be a big investigation, the cause of the collapse found, and people arrested. The end result is one woman dead, others injured, and things will continue on as if nothing happened.

Ian Mead
January 19, 2023 11:25 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Until the government starts to actual discipline and sanction supposedly accredited engineers for faulty engineering, nothing will change. Plans are waved through without checks, electrical plans are invented and passed after the fact, Concrete tolerances exist only on paper, and that is just the residential sector. The commercial sector may be worse.

Paul Tierney
January 19, 2023 12:57 pm
Reply to  Ian Mead

It is not unheard of no engineers involved in projects. The owners do the engineering, their own things, and hire a maestro/master to supervise and coordinate constructions, Is this Multimuebles misfortune a result of said practices?