9 hr 22 min ago99 people still unaccounted for in building collapse, according to Miami-Dade police From CNN’s Rosa Flores
Ninety-nine people are unaccounted for after the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida, according to Miami-Dade Police Department spokesperson Alvaro Zabaleta.
Previous reports were that 51 people were unaccounted for in the incident at the Champlain Towers South condominiums.
10 hr 1 min agoThe NBA’s Miami Heat lend help at partial building collapseFrom CNN’s Jacob Lev
National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat helped distribute bottles of water and snacks to emergency workers at the site of the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida, the team confirmed to CNN.
Heat player Tyler Herro, assistant coaches Chris Quinn and Eric Glass, director of basketball administration Scott Gurka, and vice president/executive director of Miami Heat charitable fund Steve Stowe were the members on site helping on Thursday.
World Central Kitchen and Direct Relief, both who are recipients of the Heat’s charitable arm, were also on hand at the scene. World Central Kitchen is feeding first responders and Direct Relief is helping displaced residents.
10 hr 7 min agoMayor of nearby village says the silence at the scene of the collapsed building is “deafening”From CNN’s Gregory Lemos
CNNBal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman described the scene at the Champlain Towers collapse as “devastating.” Bal Harbour is around a mile north of Surfside, Florida, where the collapse occurred.
“Frankly, it’s devastating. The site is devastating,” Groisman told CNN’s Ana Cabrera, adding that half of the building is “a pile of rubble.”
Groisman, who toured the site of the collapse with the governor and other elected officials, said what struck him was the silence at the scene.
“What stood out was the quiet,” he said. “To see the building just sitting there in just silence, you know the unfortunate truth of the fact there are many people that are in that rubble and all you hear is silence. And it’s really deafening.”
Officials said search and rescue efforts could take nearly a week. At least 51 people who are assumed to live in the building are unaccounted for, officials said, but it’s unclear if any of them were home at the time of the collapse.
Groisman said he lived in the building from 1983 to 1991 and described it as one “that generally, at least from the outside, seems to be in good condition.”
The community is largely Jewish, Groisman said, and the building is mostly occupied by senior citizens and young families.
Groisman revealed he knows a number of people who are unaccounted for, adding that the community is “tight knit.”
9 hr 39 min agoBiden: FEMA is “ready to go” if Florida governor declares a state of emergency after collapseFrom CNN’s Maureen Chowdhury
President Biden said that federal resources, including assistance from FEMA, are “ready to go” to respond to the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, and that they’re waiting for Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency.
“So, we are on top of it, we are ready to move from the federal resources immediately… If in fact we’re asked for it. But we can’t go in and do it, but FEMA is down there taking a look at what’s needed,” Biden said. Biden noted that his chief of staff Ron Klain is heavily involved along with members of his Cabinet to make sure federal resources are ready to be deployed.
“My chief of staff has been deeply involved in this from the very beginning. We got the cabinet involved in it now in terms of dealing with FEMA. We’re working on it. I made it clear, I say to the people of Florida, ‘Whatever help you want that the federal government can provide, we’re waiting, just ask us, we’ll be there,'” Biden said.
10 hr 45 min ago4 Venezuelan and 8 Argentinian citizens missing in Florida building collapse, according to consulates From CNN’s Paul P. Murphy
The consulates of two countries, Venezuela and Argentina, say that a number of their citizens are missing in the Surfside, Florida, building collapse.
Brian Fincheltub, Venezuela’s consular affairs director, wrote on Twitter that they have identified four citizens that are in the building.
“We are already
Search and rescue operations will continue throughout the night at the collapsed building site, Miami-Dade mayor says. At least one person has died.
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