July 26, 2021

the search for the missing continues

The relentless search for survivors of the spectacular collapse of a residential building near Miami continued overnight Friday, June 25 to Saturday, June 26, with no results for the moment.

At least four people have been killed in the so far unexplained disaster, which occurred on Thursday before dawn. One of them has been identified, US media reported on Friday. This is Stacie Fang, the mother of a 15-year-old boy rescued from the rubble on Thursday morning. Taken to hospital, she did not survive, according to the Miami Herald.

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Bodies were evacuated in yellow body bags and evacuated so that police can confirm their identities and inform families.

But the authorities are still without news of 159 people, despite the relentless efforts of rescuers to find any survivors in the rubble.

“Unfortunately, the figures are the same as this morning”Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a press conference. “We haven’t found anyone else in today’s digs, but we will continue the search tonight and God willing there will be good news later that night or tomorrow morning. “

Difficult research conditions

Firefighters, dog units and cranes were still active on Friday, despite difficult weather conditions, to try to find survivors. A storm was triggered around 10 p.m. local in the night from Thursday to Friday, carrying heavy rains, without the search being interrupted. A fire also had to be brought under control on the north side of the building. Heavy precipitation continued to fall on the site of the collapse on Friday, which smelled of burnt rubber and plastic.

The need for explanations on the causes of this disaster is growing. The victims “Have the right to know” why the 12-story building collapsed, turning into a death trap for their loved ones, insisted the governor of this southern state of the United States, Ron DeSantis.

“We do not want to make a mistake in the explanation, but it is also important to bring it without delay because there are many families (…) who have lost loved ones”, he said.

“It’s a very, very difficult moment. There are so many people waiting, are they alive, what’s going to happen? “, whispered Joe Biden from the White House. The Democratic president had earlier in the day declared a state of emergency in order to provide federal assistance for emergency relief operations and resettlement of survivors.

The collapse of the twelve floors of this complex overlooking the ocean, which affected around 55 apartments, took place around 1:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. in Paris) on Thursday, releasing, according to witnesses, a large cloud of dust. on several blocks. The investigation to determine the exact causes of this disaster may take weeks, warned another expert, Atorod Azizinamini, an infrastructure specialist.

The World with AFP