Miami building collapse leaves159 missing, officials say

Miami building collapse leaves159 missing, officials say
Families and friends are desperate for information about the missing. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Officials say that the number of people listed as missing after a 12-story building collapse took place in the US city of Miami has risen to 159.

Four people are known to have died in the incident.

The mayor of Miami-Dade says they “still have hope” of finding survivors as search teams working around the clock have reported hearing people banging beneath the debris.

What caused the 40-year-old building to collapse early on Thursday morning is still not clear.

At least 102 people have now been accounted for, but it is not certain how many were in the building when it came down. Dozens of people have been evacuated from what is left of the structure.

President Biden has approved an emergency declaration for Florida, which means the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) will help state agencies with the relief effort.

Overnight, hundreds of rescuers used specially trained dogs and sonar cameras as they scoured the rubble for survivors. Teams were tunnelling from an underground car park below the building in an effort to reach victims.

At an early-morning news conference, the mayor of Surfside, where the disaster happened, Charles Burkett, said that some 15 families had walked out of the building.

Most residents would have been asleep when the building collapse took place at about 01:00 (05:00 GMT).

Mr Burkett said: “It’s heartbreaking because it doesn’t seem to me… that we will find people alive.”

On Friday, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said they would do “everything possible” to locate survivors.

She said: “We will continue search and rescue because we still have hope that we will find people alive.”

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