Reuters News

Five dead, 156 still missing in Florida building collapse as searchers race against time

Searchers worked early on Sunday (June 27) to find more than 150 missing residents amid the rubble of a Florida condo building that collapsed three days ago as questions arose about the tower’s structural integrity.

The death toll rose to five on Saturday after emergency workers found a victim in their methodical search of the site in Surfside, a shore town near Miami, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during an evening news briefing.

Workers also found some human remains; three other victims were identified and their family members notified, she said.

Officials said they harbored hope that some of the 156 people unaccounted for might be alive.

Aided by dogs, infrared scanning and heavy equipment, rescuers hope that people can survive in air pockets that may have formed in the debris.

A 2018 report showed that an engineer found evidence of major structural damage beneath the pool deck and “concrete deterioration” in the underground parking garage of the 12-story oceanfront condominium.

The report, released by town officials, was produced for the condominium board in preparation for a major repair project set for this year.

It was not immediately clear whether the damage described in the report was connected to the collapse about 1:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) on Thursday.

Officials said the county would audit all buildings more than 40 years old within the next 30 days to ensure they have been recertified.

The text, photographs, video, graphics, metadata, quotes, data, information, and all protectable intellectual property available through the this website is the property of Reuters and its licensors. It is provided by Reuters and its licensors to you for your personal use and information only. You may not use the Content or Service for any commercial purpose. You acknowledge that by accessing and using this the service, you agree to be legally bound by and hereby consent to these terms of use and the privacy policy.  Learn more in https://www.reutersagency.com/en/about/brand-attribution-guidelines/

Tags:
Content Types: TextVideo
Topics: Human Interest
Platforms: Reuters ConnectReuters.com PlatformWorld News Express
Regions & Locations: Americas
Media Types: TextVideo
Sign up for email updates

Subscribe
Sign up for email updates