Rescue teams continue to work through the rubble in search of people who have not yet been able to be located after the collapse. At least 3 people died and 99 are still missing, according to local media, after the partial collapse this Thursday of a 12-story residential building in Surfside, in Miami-Dade County (Florida), where rescue teams continue to work between the rubble in search of possible survivors.
Despite the fact that the authorities maintain the figure of one death, television channels such as ABC7 raise the number of deaths to three after the collapse of the Champlain Towers building from unknown causes, in the aforementioned city near Miami Beach.
In total, 55 of the 136 apartments in the building collapsed around 1:30 am in the middle of a great roar, which made the residents, who were sleeping, believe that it was an earthquake, some of them told the media. .
Miami-Dade County rescue teams worked four-hour shifts throughout the night searching for survivors of the collapsed building, authorities said at a news conference.
“This operation started very early and does not end until we find survivors and the people we are looking for,” Miami-Dade firefighter spokeswoman Erika Benítez said at a press conference tonight.
In the same press conference, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine-Cava, stated that only one person has been reported deceased and that, if new news is available, it will be reported.
The good news, the councilor continued, is that there are 102 people safe, sound and safe, although rescue teams are looking for 99 or more people.
“The firefighters are working for all of us, we are hopeful at the end of the day,” said Levine-Cava.
However, local media such as Local 10 and ABC7 televisions affirm that their own sources confirmed the figure of three deaths as a result of the collapse.
Images of the building broadcast on television after the collapse showed ripped walls and rooms still standing exposed like a giant dollhouse, with bunk beds, tables and chairs still inside and air conditioners and cables dangling from some parts.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said at the press conference that it is impossible for him to imagine the pain that the families of the victims are suffering at this time.
“We must try to prevent this from happening again in the future. We have the best rescuers responding to this, it is a very difficult job, very dangerous. We ask for your patience at this time,” added the Republican senator.
José “Pepe” Diaz, commissioner with Miami-Dale, stressed that all the work is being carried out to find the 99 people who for now are reported as missing. Similarly, he indicated that this figure will decrease as people are found under the rubble.