Search and rescue efforts continue in the 12-storey building that partially collapsed in Florida, USA. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that the number of people who lost their lives increased to five while rescue teams were working in the wreckage area where 156 people were searched. While a report prepared in 2018 was published about the building whose cause of collapse was investigated, it was stated that ‘concrete deterioration’ was observed in the building. University of Florida professor Shimon Wdowinski, on the other hand, said that when satellite data from the 1990s were examined, it was determined that the building sank between 1 and 3 millimeters each year.
Authorities continue their search and rescue efforts after the 12-story building in Florida, USA, partially collapsed last Thursday.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who made a statement on the subject in the past hours, said that the search and rescue teams reached the lifeless body of another person.
Regarding the incident in Surfside, a coastal town near Miami, Cava said, “Our first priority is to save any life we can, and for this, search and rescue efforts continue.”
A new report published in 2018 has emerged as investigations continue into why the building collapsed. In the report, an engineer stated that due to the problem in the underground water discharge related to the 12-storey building on the shore of the ocean, structural damage occurred in the building and ‘concrete deterioration’ was detected in the building.
Officials stated that the search efforts for 156 people are continuing and that they do not lose hope.
Stating that the work continues with the help of dogs, infrared scanning and heavy equipment, officials hope that air pockets that may have formed in the wreckage can keep people alive.
“The biggest thing now is hope,” Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said in a statement. “This is what drives us. This is an extremely difficult situation.”
No official statement was made about the collapse of the seaside building, which was built in 1981.
It has been reported that the section with 55 flats in the building with 130 flats was completely demolished, and heat-sensitive cameras were put into use in order to detect those under the debris.
While the work progressed slowly due to the fear of slipping, it was announced that Paraguayan President’s wife’s brother, brother’s husband and children were among those trapped under the rubble.
Officials announced that roof renovation work was carried out on the building, but it is not yet known whether this caused the collapse.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the county will inspect all buildings older than 40 years over the next 30 days and make sure they are all recertified.
Florida International University professor Shimon Wdowinski, on the other hand, said that when satellite data from the 1990s were examined, it was determined that the building sank between 1 and 3 millimeters each year.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a condolence message for those who lost their lives as a result of the partial collapse of a 12-storey building in Miami Dade, Florida, USA.
In a written statement made by the ministry, it was noted with sadness that it was learned that there were dead and injured in the US state of Florida, due to the collapse of a 12-storey building on June 24, and that many people remained under the rubble.
“We convey our condolences to the people and administration of the United States and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” the statement said.