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New York gas blast death toll rises to eight; many still missing

Published on Mar 14, 2014 9:57 AM
 
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This graphic shows two apartment buildings in New York's East Harlem before and after an explosion caused by a gas leak. -- PHOTOS: Google Maps and Reuters

NEW YORK (AFP) - Rescuers scouring the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings leveled in a gas explosion found the body of an eighth victim on Thursday, nearly 36 hours after the disaster.

An unspecified number of people remain missing after Wednesday's building collapse in East Harlem, which sparked inevitable reminders for some New Yorkers of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 that brought down the Twin Towers.

The New York Police Department told AFP that five women and three men were killed, and 68 others injured.

Earlier Thursday, before the eighth death was announced, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped survivors might still be found.

An excavator clears debris at the site of a building explosion in the Harlem section of New York on March 13, 2014. Rescuers scouring the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings leveled in a gas explosion found the body of an eighth victim on Thursday, nearly 36 hours after the disaster. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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