(CNN) — Search and rescue work continues after the partial collapse of a building in Surfside, near Miami, which took place early Thursday morning.
At least one person died after the collapse and another 99 are unaccounted for, including several latin americans.
Here’s what we know so far about what happened and the lookup:
What happened: at least one person was killed, authorities said. Thirty seven people they were pulled out of the rubble after the building collapsed, Miami-Dade Deputy Fire Chief Ray Jadallah said. At least 11 people with injuries have been treated and four of them were transferred, the deputy chief said. CNN previously reported that there is at least one person dead from the collapse. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the building has 12 stories and more than 130 units. Search and rescue operations will continue throughout the night at the collapsed Champlain Towers condo building, Cava said.
About the missing: Cava said there is 102 people who have been counted after the partial collapse of the building. «I want to give you a higher figure, very encouraging, 102 people have been counted. That’s double what we were able to report last time, ”Cava said at a press conference. One hundred and two people from the towers, their locations are known and they are safe. The mayor said there is still at least 99 people who are missing.
The cause has not been determined: there is no official cause for the partial collapse of the building yet, Cava said. Structural engineers will be involved in the investigation, as will the city of Surfside and the fire department, he explained. The Miami-Dade County Police Department said they will investigate the incident after search and rescue operations are complete.
Signs of sinking in the 1990s: Shimon Wdowinski, a professor at Florida International University’s Institute of the Environment, told CNN that he determined in a study last year that the Champlain Towers South condo showed signs of sinking in the 1990s. The condo had a rate of sinking of about two millimeters a year between 1993 and 1999, according to their study. Wdowinski said this subsidence alone likely would not cause the collapse, but could be a contributing factor. “If one part of the building is moving relative to the other, that could cause some tension and cracks,” he explained.
Building work: the building, which was built in the 1980s, was undergoing roofing work, Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said, but added that it is unknown if this was a factor in the collapse, Burkett said.
Sounds through the rubble: Jadallah, the deputy chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Department, confirmed that sounds have been heard under the rubble. “All operations are taking place under the rubble. They are happening under the parking lot where we have fire crews while they continue to cut, breach and place sonar devices, search cameras to locate the victims, ”said Jadallah.
“Unimaginable”The Miami-Dade County Mayor said that while the building collapse is an “unimaginable situation that none of us could have predicted” they have the right people for the job and are “very hopeful.” Cava said the city is working with the Red Cross and its own social services agency to accommodate displaced people. Cava also noted that surrounding cities and towns have offered assistance with their police departments.
State of emergency: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to provide assistance to families affected by the collapse. The declaration of the state of emergency will allow all necessary resources to be diverted to the area, including police personnel and other emergency personnel, according to the decree.
FEMA is ready to help: President Joe Biden said federal resources, including help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are “ready to go” to respond to the collapse.
If you are looking for a loved one: A family reunification center, located at 9301 Collins Avenue, has been established for anyone looking for missing persons, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. Emergency officials are also asking people to call 305-614-1819 if they have family members whose whereabouts are unknown.
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