A 12-story building, where 102 people lived, was destroyed in Miami, Florida, United States. At least one person has been killed and the search for 99 people continues. It is not known how many people were under the rubble.
The reason for the collapse of the building, which was constructed in 1980, has not yet been determined.
Consulates in some Latin American countries have reported that their citizens may be under rubble.
An old view of the destroyed building
It has been learned that the relatives of Silvana López Moreira, the wife of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez, are among the 99 people missing. It was reported that Moreira’s brother also lived in the apartment building with her husband and children.
Search and rescue teams use temperature-sensitive cameras and rescue dogs to identify survivors. However, the rescue efforts are progressing slowly, as there are fears of slippage in the wreckage.
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US President Joe Biden has called on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in the region and said: “We are ready to do whatever the people of Florida ask of us.”
So far, 35 people have been extracted from the wreckage. 10 people were treated.
Relatives of people living in the building have been waiting and praying next to the debris removal works since yesterday and they are waiting for their loved ones to be saved alive. The images of this helpless wait served with the images of the destroyed buildings were almost heartbreaking …
Eyewitnesses speaking to CNN television said the destruction of the building “resembles the images of the September 11 attacks.” Some residents said the building collapsed with an “earthquake-like” shake.
On the other hand, the moment of the collapse of the building was recorded by security cameras. American TV personality Andy Slater shared the moments on his official Twitter account. In the video, which started off calmly enough, the middle part of the building is seen to collapse within seconds as if it were made of paper, and with the great destruction the surroundings suddenly became covered in smoke.