A hotel under construction near the French Quarter of New Orleans (Louisiana state) partially collapsed around 09:00 (local time) of Saturday, October 12. Officials have confirmed two fatalities from the incident and another 20 people suffered injuries. At least one person is still missing but rescue efforts were suspended on Saturday night for safety reasons. Operations are expected to resume on Sunday, October 13. Officials have also warned that a crane at the site is also unstable and there is a risk that it may collapse. Authorities have closed Conti Street to Common Street and Basin Street to Dauphine Street and traffic disruptions are expected to continue through Monday, October 14. Updates can be found on the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) website.
Individuals in New Orleans are advised to avoid the area of the accident, plan alternative routes, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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