Praying for the safety of everyone in East Harlem. My thoughts are with you.— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) March 12, 2014
Authorities are still figuring out exactly what happened. We do know that two buildings in East Harlem, a neighborhood in New York City, were leveled. It seems to have been from a gas leak. The Huffington Post described the damage: “The explosion shattered windows a block away, rained debris onto elevated commuter railroad tracks close by, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets.”
We know that at least seven people have been killed and that dozens have been hurt. There is still a search for survivors. “We’re expending every effort to locate each and every loved one,” said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Hopefully we’ll find that some of them are in other parts of the city and have just not been located yet.”
The Red Cross has stepped in to provide shelter and other necessities to those who have lost their homes. If you know someone in the buildings and are trying to reach them, the Red Cross recommends you call 311 to get help.
“This is a tragedy of the worst kind, because there was no indication in time to save people,” said Mayor de Blasio.
As Mariah said, we are hoping for the safety of as many people as possible and keeping them in our thoughts. As time passes, there will be more opportunities for us to help.
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