rescue efforts in Elliot Lake ended with the removal of two bodies from the caved-in Algo Centre Mall's rubble.Yesterday,
As the town grieves the tragic loss, questions arise surrounding the disaster: Did the government respond fast enough? Are government cuts hurting the availability and preparedness of search-and-rescue teams?
The mall's roof collapsed on Saturday. The disaster's two victims, identified as Dolores Parizzolo, 70, and Lucie Aylwin, 37, were removed from the wreckage almost 100 hours later. Both women were at the mall's lotto kiosk when part of the roof collapsed on them.
A coroner is investigating their deaths.
"If anybody survived after three days in that, good luck," said one Elliot Lake resident, acknowledging that the final rescue effort came too late.
Critics are questioning the government's response time in addressing the disaster.
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