Florida Apartment Collapses Leaving 150+ Missing

On June 24, 2021, at approximately 1:30 AM EST, a condo apartment in Miami, Florida, collapsed, leaving hundreds of people missing and so far, 9 dead.

The apartment was a 12-story apartment building with multiple parts or sections. On the day of the collapse, it was deemed a partial collapse as only half of the whole apartment fell to the ground. Though at initial emergency rescue dozens of citizens were pulled out as living survivors, the continuous search and investigation for the past 4 days have raised the fear of hundreds of missing civilians along with an increasing death toll.

As of June 27, the death toll has risen to 9 people. On Saturday evening, the police of Miami were able to identify four of the deceased as Stacie Dawn Fang, 54; Antonio Lozano, 83; Gladys Lozano, 79; and Manuel LaFont, 54. Local officials stated that they have contacted the kin of the deceased citizens as fast as they can. As of Saturday June 26, officials have stated that 156 people are still missing.

In terms of rescue, search teams have initiated the rescue process, starting with building a 125-ft trench, allowing additional bodies to be found and saved. Additional help from Israel and Mexico have pitched in this rescue process as well.

“We don’t have a resource problem. We’ve had a luck problem. We just need to start to get a little more lucky right now,” Burkett said on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday morning.

In terms of investigation, experts have begun their questioning to find the root cause of this tragic accidents. Recent news revealed that, three years ago, in 2018, an engineer reported a warning for “major structural damage”, requesting immediate construction to secure the concrete foundations of the apartment. Put on hold for the past years, officials brought that construction was supposed to begin in the past recent times. However, it became too late, leaving hundreds missing and others with a fear of their home.

“This aerial view, shows search and rescue personnel working on site after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021.” (CNBC)


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