The death toll due to the collapse of an apartment building on Thursday north of Miami has risen to 11, which has reduced the number of missing persons to 150. It is not known of these people whether they were present in the premises and are now under the rubble or if they were not there at all. were.
The quest is not only a race against the clock, but also a fight against the elements. Rescue workers first stood in the scorching sun on Friday and then faced heavy rain showers. During the weekend they were hampered by smoldering fire and extreme smoke.
Local drivers explicitly indicated that the search and rescue attempts, which are now going into the fifth day, not to cease.
Researchers have not yet been able to identify the cause of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South apartment complex, partly because the researchers do not yet have full access to the disaster site. Experts expect the investigation to determine the cause of the collapse may take months to come.
Three years ago, an engineer warned of major structural damage to the building. According to a report revised by the New York Times, it included damage to the concrete foundation under the pool and an abundance of cracking and crumbling of the pillars, beams and walls of the parking garage underneath the 13-storey complex. The damage is presumably caused by years of exposure to the salt sea air along the coast of South Florida.
At the time, the engineer, Frank Morabitoa, urged the buildings management for early repairs. On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, just before the previously advised repairs would take place, the apartment building collapsed.