Friday June 25th 2021
High-rise collapse in Florida
Rescue workers miss 159 people
According to the fire department, around 55 apartments are affected by the partial collapse in Florida. How many people have lived and lived in it is still unclear. Search teams comb through tons of rubble in search of survivors.
In the partial collapse of a twelve-story apartment building in the US state of Florida, the number of deaths has risen to four. Another 159 people are also missing, like the mayor of Miami-Dade District, Daniella Levine Cava, announced at a press conference. It was a hard night. “We will continue the search and rescue operation because we still have hope of finding the living,” she said.
The twelve-story skyscraper in the city of Surfside north of Miami Beach had partially collapsed on Thursday night. How many people were there at the time is unclear. It is feared that many of them were asleep when the building suddenly collapsed or was damaged. According to the fire department, around 55 apartments were affected. She has now been able to clarify the whereabouts of 120 residents.
There were many holiday apartments in the building. There have been many long-term tenants, but also many transitional tenants, Sally Heyman of the Miami-Dade district administration told CNN. That makes it so difficult to determine the number of missing people.
Were there any structural problems?
The cause of the accident is still unclear. The residential complex known as Champlain Towers South from the 1980s was only recently examined by experts as part of a routine inspection, according to official information. Mayor Levine Cava said that there were apparently structural problems. Structural engineers and firefighters would now work together to secure the part of the building that is still standing.
US President Joe Biden declared the partial collapse an emergency. He authorized the Department of Homeland Security and the US civil protection agency FEMA to “coordinate all civil protection measures,” as announced by the White House in Washington. “The fire and rescue services are in there with their search teams and their dogs. It’s very dangerous right now,” said Police Director Freddy Ramirez.
Florida Governor Rob DeSantis spoke of a “really tragic situation” at a press conference. The authorities were still hoping to rescue survivors, but were prepared for “bad news” given the extent of the destruction.