More Than 50 Unaccounted For After Building Collapses In Florida

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – More than 80 rescue units and police officers are frantically digging through rubble in a South Florida town, trying to find trapped survivors after a 12-storey residential building collapsed, killing at least one person and leaving 10 injured.

The building which was built in 1981 on Collins Avenue in Surfside housed more than 100 beachfront apartments. It collapsed this morning about 1:30 Eastern Time (ET) (12:30 Eastern Standard Time).

According to reports, it is unclear how many people were inside the building at the time. However, some 51 people who are believed to have been living in the building have not yet been contacted and are not yet accounted for.

Thus far, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department said 35 people were pulled from the wreckage. Ten people were assessed and treated and two have been hospitalised.

Speaking at a press conference Thurdsday morning, Charles Burkett, mayor of Surfside said: “The back of the building, probably a third or more, is totally pancaked. At least one person had died, and about 30 units were affected.”

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, said he will be travelling to South Florida later Thursday.

“We are bracing for some bad news just given the destruction that we’re seeing,” DeSantis said.