July 25, 2021

Collapse in Florida: 126 people still missing, the building will be demolished

Two new bodies were discovered in the rubble of the collapsed building in Surfside, near Miami, Florida, bringing the death toll to 22, with 126 people still missing, authorities said Friday (July 2).

“During today’s searches, we discovered the bodies of two additional people”Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a press conference on Friday.

A few hours earlier, she had announced the discovery of two other corpses, including that of a seven-year-old girl, the child of a Miami firefighter.

” Every night [depuis l’effondrement] were immensely difficult for everyone (…) but last night was special. It was really different and more difficult for our rescuers ”, described the mayor the day after a moving visit by President Joe Biden, who spent several hours with rescuers and families.

The number of people missing has also risen to 126, Daniella Levine Cava said, and 188 residents of the Surfside apartment building in South Florida have now been found safe by investigators.

The whole building is going to be demolished

The search for survivors, more and more desperate, had been interrupted for several hours Thursday, the authorities fearing that the still standing sections of the building would collapse in turn, before resuming at the end of the afternoon. As a precaution, the entire building will be demolished, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced on Friday.

Most of the 12-story building, named Champlain Towers South, collapsed on June 24 at around 1:20 a.m. (7:20 a.m. in Paris) in a cloud of dust, one of the most serious urban disasters of the history of the United States.

Another residential complex, named Crestview Towers, in nearby North Miami Beach was evacuated on Friday after an inspection highlighted safety issues in the building’s structure, local media reported.

Hurricane Elsa, currently over the island of Barbados and which could possibly interfere with ongoing searches at Surfside, is expected to approach “From Florida between Monday and Tuesday”, said Robert Molleda, US meteorological services.

The World with AFP