More than 150 people have been reported missing when a 12-story apartment building partially collapsed in Miami, Florida, in the United States.
Four individuals have perished as a result of the terrible occurrence in Miami-Dade, a county in the state of Florida.
Since the building collapsed yesterday, a massive endeavour has been underway to identify the people trapped beneath the rubble.
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Authorities are still investigating what caused the 40-year-old structure to collapse, forcing scores of people to flee.
The moment the building collapsed. #surfsidebuildingcollapse #Surfside #Miami pic.twitter.com/7N1hPrX4Ui
— Kelly Nash🎙️ (@KellyNashRadio) June 24, 2021
According to the BBC, President Joe Biden has signed an emergency declaration for Florida, which means the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) will assist state agencies in the recovery effort.
Several rescue teams utilised sonar cameras and trained dogs overnight to track for survivors, while efforts are on to reach the victims through an underground car park underneath the structure.
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#MDFR #TRT & #FLTF1 are working in the basement parking garage at Champlain Towers. Firefighters continue working on locating possible victims, while dealing with heavy damage and changing conditions in the parking garage. #SurfsideBuildingCollapse pic.twitter.com/qseknk0T8q
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) June 24, 2021
Most people would have been asleep when the building fell at around 01:00, according to Charles Burkett, the mayor of Surfside (05:00 GMT).
“It’s upsetting,” Burkett added, “because it doesn’t appear to me… that we’ll discover anybody alive.”
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade promised to keep the rescue mission going, saying there is a chance of finding individuals alive.