AT least four people are dead after a 12-story apartment block partially collapsed near Miami beach, reports say.
Witnesses reportedly heard screams from the rubble as around 80 emergency crews responded to the incident in Surfside around 2am on Thursday.
“People with loved ones still inside are telling me this is like Ground Zero,” one reporter said, comparing the building’s collapse to the September 11 terror attacks.
Officials confirmed on Friday that 159 people were still unaccounted for and 120 people have been found. The number of deaths has risen to four.
Footage shows a large section of the apartment building, called Champlain Towers South, that had collapsed into a pile of rubble near Collins Avenue on 88th Street, NBC Miami reports.
Authorities said they could hear “sounds of a possibility of people banging…well, not people banging but sounds of a possibility of a banging” from within the site.
It’s reported that Miami Dade authorities have declared a “Level 5” mass casualty event meaning statewide emergency resources are required.
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Source: The Sun
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