NEW YORK —
“We know this is a fundamental challenge for New York City and any older city,” de Blasio said. He said the federal government needs to provide more aid to cities to deal with the problem.
As cold, stiff winds blew across the still-smoldering debris, construction equipment with iron jaws picked up the rubble, first depositing it on the pavement, then hoisting it onto trucks that hauled it away. Clouds of thick smoke swirled over Park Avenue.
Officials said workers were about 40 percent to 50 percent through the rubble, using sound devices and putting telescopic video cameras into small voids to see if there is someone in there.
The mayor told firefighters carrying grappling hooks and other equipment: “I can only imagine, knowing that at any moment you might find a body, how difficult that is.”
Police identified four of the dead: Griselde Camacho, 45, a Hunter College security officer; Carmen Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist who took part in church-sponsored medical missions to Africa and the Caribbean; Andreas Panagopoulos, a musician; and Rosaura Hernandez, 22, a restaurant cook from Mexico.
Mexican officials said a Mexican woman, Rosaura Barrios Vazquez, 43, was among those killed.
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