Sunday, December 5, 2021

Florida building collapse: Toll rises to nine, hunt on for survivors

The death toll has risen to nine after the collapse of an apartment block in Florida, authorities say.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said four of the recovered bodies had been identified, but more than 150 people remain unaccounted for.

“Our top priority continues to be search and rescue and saving any lives that we can,” she told reporters.

Part of the building collapsed early in the morning on Thursday while many residents slept.

The cause of the collapse remains unclear.

But an engineer’s report from 2018was made public on Saturday, which highlighted “a major error” in the original design of the seafront Champlain Towers in the town of Surfside, near Miami. It said the fault prevented water draining away from the base of the building.

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President Joe Biden tweeted that he had offered “assistance as needed” to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Teams have been using machines, drones and specially trained dogs in their efforts to find survivors. Rescue efforts were briefly hampered on Saturday after a fire broke out underneath the rubble.

Ms Levine Cava said the death toll had increased after emergency workers found a body in the rubble on Saturday. Four of the nine confirmed fatalities have been identified – they include the mother of a boy who was pulled alive from the rubble on Thursday.

Local officials have provided families with hotel rooms and food as they wait for news about their loved ones.

The engineer, Frank Morabito, said the lack of proper drainage was “a systemic issue” that stemmed from a flaw “in the development of the original contract documents”.

He flagged what he called “major structural damage” to the concrete platform beneath the swimming pool deck.

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