Following the collapse of an apartment building in Miami, more than 80 rescue teams and disaster experts have been on the ground, evacuating the victims and seeing to their care.
In Miami, southeastern Florida, an apartment building has received considerable attention from authorities after it partially collapsed, leading to speculations that a multitude of people could be stuck beneath the debris.
The response team numbered over 80, with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) and the Technical Rescue Team on the ground. Municipal Fire Departments have also arrived at the scene.
Photo of a firefighter in front of a fire. | Source: Pexels/ Pixabay
The tweet shared to MDFR’s official Twitter page noted that more updates on the rescue efforts would be posted in subsequent times. Due to the partial collapse, the southbound motorists have been diverted to the west.
The tweet also includes information on a temporary setup where family reunification is ongoing. This is a setup provided for anyone who is declared missing or unaccounted for around the rubble.
A firefighter looks on during a mission on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin | Photo: Getty Images
An image of the scenery around the building close to the Miami beach showed the state of the collapse. While one part seems to be without issues, the other side was completely damaged with huge debris around.
Reports show that at least one boy has been pulled from the wreckage. Further updates showed that one woman was confirmed dead, and nine others, including a firefighter, have been saved.
Investigations were underway, and a minister relayed that the heavy rains witnessed in the area must have been a primary factor in the collapse.
The apartment building located at 8777 Collins Avenue is a Seaview condominium development, built in 1981. The building has apartments currently listed on home purchase markets at $600,000 to $700,000.
Witnesses have shared their accounts of the incident, with many noting that they heard screams coming from within the rubble and the heap of twisted metals.
A witness who stayed on the South Florida Island City with his loved ones recalled that the collapse sounded like a tornado or an earthquake.
Another witness, a freelance journalist, relayed that the fire department was able to carry out evacuation by helping people through the balconies of their apartments.
Firefighter sitting on the steps. | Source: Pexels/ Pixabay
Earlier this month, authorities in the Western Indian city of Mumbai recorded casualties after a residential building collapsed. At least 11 people lost their lives.
The statistics showed that there were eight children. Investigations were underway, and a minister relayed that the heavy rains witnessed in the area must have been a primary factor in the collapse.