Early in the morning, around 2am, a 12-story building partially collapsed in Surfside, about 25 kilometers north of Miami. At least three people died and, he reports Cnn, 99 are missing. At first 51 people were missing from the roll call. Of these, 20 are Israeli citizens, the foreign ministry reported Tel Aviv, adding that in the locality of the Florida there is a large Jewish community. The first lady’s sister is also missing Paraguay and his family. The woman lives with her husband and three children on the 10th floor of the collapsed building. 35 were rescued and the local mayor, Charles Burkett, speaks of ten injured. From the first moment, however, the fear of rescuers – arrived in the dozens on the spot – is that there are still several people trapped under the rubble. Only the 10% of the structure remained standing. The collapse, the causes of which are not known at the moment, raised one cloud of debris across the Neighborhood, covering cars up to two blocks away with a layer of dust.
The building and the works on the roof – The area, which is becoming more and more exclusive, is a mix of old and new apartments, houses, condominiums and hotels, with restaurants and shops serving residents e tourists. The building is part of the Champlain Towers, an apartment building built in 1981 on Collins Avenue with over 130 housing units, of which approx 80 occupied. There has been construction work on the roof for over a month, but it is unclear whether heavy machinery was used.
The testimonials – “I had never seen so many in my life ambulances, it looked like a 9/11 scene, ”said witnesses who witnessed the collapse. “It’s like a bomb has gone off,” they say. Nicholas Balboa, who was nearby, said he took to the street in the middle of the night after hearing a bang. “I thought it was thunder, then I felt the ground shake,” he said. Once he got close to the place he heard a voice and saw a boy among the rubble. “I saw yours arms. He said don’t leave me, ”he says. Joints i rescuers, reported the boy who was then rescued. “It was like lightning bolt or thunder, but then it continued for at least 15-30 seconds,” he told reporters. Barry Cohen, former deputy mayor of Surfside and residing in the building, rescued by rescuers.