July 24, 2021

Miami building collapse toll rises to five dead and 156 missing

This disaster, which occurred Thursday morning in Surfside, Florida, remains unexplained for the time being.

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Research continues in Miami (United States). In Surfside, three days after the collapse of a residential building, a new assessment by the authorities, Saturday, June 26, reports five dead and 156 missing. “Our rescue teams found another body in the rubble, and our search also uncovered human remains.”Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference.

The search was complicated Saturday by a fire that broke out at the site where the 12-story building, named Champlain Towers, collapsed. The smoke has spread through the rubble which makes some search areas inaccessible, according to the mayor. The firefighters asked residents to stay at home, windows and doors closed, to protect themselves from the fumes.

“We remain hopeful. (…) We are looking for people living in the rubble, it is our priority and our teams have not stopped”, nevertheless supported Daniella Levine Cava. Among the missing nine Argentines, three Uruguayans and six Paraguayans, including the sister of the First Lady of Paraguay, and at least four Canadians, according to the authorities. For the moment, it is still impossible to explain this disaster.