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Brit mother, 38, and family among 99 people missing after Miami apartment building collapses killing at least one


A BRIT mum and her family are among those missing after a portion of an apartment building collapsed near Miami Beach

At least one person is dead and 99 people remain unaccounted for after the accident in Surfside at 1:30am on Thursday.

A British family is among those missing after a portion of an apartment block collapsed in Miami

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A British family is among those missing after a portion of an apartment block collapsed in MiamiCredit: twitter @sarinzwashere
At least 99 people remain unaccounted for, officials said

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At least 99 people remain unaccounted for, officials saidCredit: AFP

Bhavna Patel, a 38-year-old dual citizen, her husband Vishal Patel, 42, and their daughter Aishani, one, are yet to be found, a family member told Sky News.

They posted last night: “Please help me locate my family. They have been missing due to the #surfsidecollapse. Any information at all is much appreciated.”

 

Cops said 99 people are unaccounted for and 102 others have since been marked as safe.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said: “The building is literally pancaked. “That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean, to me, that we are going to be as successful as we wanted to be in finding people alive.”

Officials confirmed that 55 apartments of Champlain Towers South caved in causing multiple injuries.

At least 10 people were treated at the scene by medics.

It's not yet known what caused the apartment block to collapse

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It’s not yet known what caused the apartment block to collapseCredit: AFP
Firefighters rescued a 10-year-old boy from the rubble

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Firefighters rescued a 10-year-old boy from the rubbleCredit: NBC6

Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Florida following the apartment collapse and ordered federal assistance to assist local response efforts.

The White House said: “The President’s action authorises the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.”

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The declaration came just hours after Kamala Harris had to remind Biden about the collapse while he was addressing reporters on Thursday.

He had forgot to mention the disaster before his VP stepped in.

Biden said: “I say to the people of Florida: whatever help you want that the federal government can provide, we are waiting.”

Crews and K9 teams search for survivors trapped beneath the debris

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Crews and K9 teams search for survivors trapped beneath the debrisCredit: AFP
President Biden declared a state of emergency following the tragedy

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President Biden declared a state of emergency following the tragedyCredit: Reuters
Rescue teams drilled through concrete as they tried to find survivors

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Rescue teams drilled through concrete as they tried to find survivorsCredit: Reuters

Footage shows rescue teams drilling through concrete under the collapsed Champlain Towers amid a desperate search for survivors

Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez described the collapse site as “very dangerous” and “very unstable.”

Authorities fear that many more people will be seriously injured or dead as they continue to sift through the wreckage.

Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Ray Jadallah said crews heard sounds from under the rubble and that “all operations are occurring underneath” it. 

He said: “We did receive sounds. Not necessarily people talking, but sounds. What sounds like people banging, not people but sounds of a possibility of a banging. We haven’t heard any voices coming from the pile.”

The cause of the high-rise collapse remains unknown.

Aerial footage shows the extent of the devastation

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Aerial footage shows the extent of the devastationCredit: AFP
Mangled wreckage shows air conditioning units

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Mangled wreckage shows air conditioning unitsCredit: The Mega Agency

Dozens were pulled from the block as around 80 emergency crews and five state agencies responded to the incident in Surfside.

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The exact number of people who are trapped under the rubble remains unknown.

Video shows a little boy being pulled from the wreckage by a firefighter.

One witness, who was in a neighboring building, said the collapse felt like a “tornado or earthquake”.

He told Fox News: “It was the craziest thing I ever heard in my life.”

Kimberly Morales told CNN that she was woken up by an alarm and residents knocking on her door.

Footage uploaded to social media appears to show debris falling from the ceiling of a resident’s apartment.

It’s reported that the building’s foundations still continue to shake – hours after the accident happened.

The apartment complex was built in 1981 and around 80 residences of Champlain Towers South were occupied.

Champlain Towers was built in 1981 and its believed around 80 residences were occupied

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Champlain Towers was built in 1981 and its believed around 80 residences were occupied
Shocking moment Miami apartment building collapses leaving one dead
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