One person was killed and one person is still missing after a building that houses the city’s archives in Cologne collapsed into a pile of rubble last week.
The six storey archive building collapsed on Tuesday. It is believed that a retaining wall in front of the building for the construction of a subway gave way, leading to a landslide into the excavation and the collapse of the building and the two neighbouring residential buildings.
Concrete was pumped into the underground excavation on Wednesday and Thursday in a bid to stabilise the area and only then could construction equipment be used in the area to demolish what was remaining of the two neighbouring residential building either side of the archive building.
Search personnel were allowed on site on Friday and on Saturday around 150 tonnes of debris were removed from the site. A body was found on Sunday, and one person remains missing