At least one person was killed and other still missing as police, fire fighters and citizens step in to find those among the rubble. Late Wednesday evening a 12-story apartment building partially collapsed just north of Miami beach in the town of Surfside beach. Over 80 technical and rescue teams were on the scene.
One person has been confirmed by Miami Dade police, but many more people may be in grave danger. Thirty-five people have been evacuated so far.
Fire officials said that 55 units were completely destroyed by the collapse in the Champlain Towers South apartment building located in Surfside Beach. The building has a total of 130 units.
There are still 55 people confirmed missing. People that were displaced were placed in hotels with the help of the American Red Cross. A news conference will be held with Governor Ron DeSantis around noon today.
99 missing as search operations continue.
How does the center of the Surfside building collapse before the edges?
Makes no sense. Something happened below the building inside the parking garage..
— Rob 🇺🇸 (@DCRobMan) June 24, 2021
Surfside Commissioner Eliana Salzhauer said that sniffer dogs were brought to find survivors in the rubble but they weren’t turning up much. She also said that the building was undergoing a required 40-year certification. She added that the residents were unaware if there was a problem or issue that could have caused such a major problem.
Governor Roy DeSantis said it was traumatic to see such a collapse. He thanked the first responders and said that engineers would determine what went wrong but the answers would not be immediately known.
President Biden said that he had a “long discussion” with Daniella Levine Cava, mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida. He said that it was up to Governor DeSantis to declare a state of emergency following which federal help could be sent. He said that whatever help the people of Florida wanted, the federal government would be there. He said, “Just ask us, we’ll be there. We’ll be there.”
A spokesperson for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center said that at least two people were in a critical condition. One death has also been reported.
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— Spectrum Bay News 9 (@BN9) June 24, 2021