Building Explosion Rocks East Harlem Community
On March 12 in East Harlem, NY two buildings were blown apart in a suspected gas explosion. It is confirmed that eight people died from the explosion while several others were hurt. The causes of death ranged from blunt trauma while others died from extreme burns. All the deaths were ruled accidental.
One of the victims was 34 Miyumi Nakamura, a tourist from Japan. Her family had to be flown into New York from Japan to identify her body once it was recovered from the rubble. Miyumi was in New York to study art and enjoy the American culture. Her family said she loved New York and they are grieving her loss very much.
The effects of the explosion not only took the lives of those eight people but injured more than sixty. It also leaves the residents of the destroyed apartments homeless. The Spanish christian church that also got destroyed had only one item that survived unharmed, an eighty year old bible perfectly intact. However, the church lost several members due to the explosions and need wish for funds to hold proper funeral arrangements for them.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he was donating $250, 000 from the Mayor’s Fund to help aid the victims of the East Harlem explosion. It is possible for anyone to donate to the Mayor’s Fund. Good Samaritans in the area are also helping by donating food and other goods to the affected people. It is always refreshing to see people come together to help a cause after a tragic event.