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Rescue Hopes Dim in New York

Giuliani said, ”We don’t have any substantial amount of hope we can offer anyone that we will find anyone alive.”

“We have to prepare people for that overwhelming reality.”

One week after the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history, there were 218 confirmed dead and 5,422 missing in New York alone. The mayor said the identified dead included 32 New York firefighters, two emergency service medical personnel, two Port Authority police officers and one New Jersey firefighter.

Discouraged firefighters and construction workers continue to search the ruble without plans to stop. They have found only five survivors, none since Wednesday.

Seven World Trade Center buildings are either collapsed or semi-collapsed.

New York observed two minutes of silence at 8:48 a.m. this morning, the exact moment when the first jetliner crashed into the trade center one week ago.

The Environmental Protection Agency today said air quality near the site did not contain hazardous substances. There are fires near a stockpile of Freon beneath the towers, but no leaks have been detected. The EPA said there is some dust in the area with slightly elevated asbestos levels.

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan paid a visit to the World Trade Center disaster site, saying that 62 countries had lost people and “this was why no one can remain indifferent.”

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