Friday, April 3, 2009

News from Cologne

Today, one month to the day after the collapse of the building housing the Historical Archives of the City of Cologne, city officials began looking for a suitable site for a new archival facility. It seems that the new archives will be situated in the city center.

The recovery effort at the site of the collapse will likely continue for several more months. Earlier today, the Express posted a gallery of images of archivists and emergency personnel painstakingly searching through the rubble.

Finally, residents of and firms located in Cologne have to date donated 135,000 euros for the victims of the collapse, which demolished several adjacent apartment buildings, and tomorrow charitable officials in the city will begin disbursing a second round of assistance. Two young men died as a result of the collapse, and a number of other people were left homeless.

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