As rescuers prepared to resume searching for victims, the remaining part of the collapsed apartment building in Florida was demolished.
Demolition personnel have detonated explosives and demolished the remaining part of a partially collapsed apartment building in South Florida. 24 people have been confirmed dead and 121 people are still missing.
Video footage later on Sunday showed that the 12-story Champlain Tower South in Surfside outside Miami was demolished-10 days later, most of the buildings collapsed in the early hours of June 24 while residents were still sleeping.
Search and rescue work for missing persons has begun time out, But the mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava (Daniella Levine Cava) said that rescuers will immediately resume the task of searching for survivors buried under the rubble after receiving the “clear all”.
“We are on standby. Whenever we are ready to enter,” Levin Kava said at a press conference on Sunday night.
No one has been rescued alive since the first hour after the crash on June 24.
Miami-Dade assistant fire chief Raide Jadallah said rescuers hope that the demolition will allow them to enter the garage area of interest for the first time. This can give a clearer picture of any gaps in the rubble that might hide survivors.
Officials evacuated residents around the site before the demolition, warned others to stay indoors, and closed doors, windows and any other openings that could allow dust to enter.
The decision to demolish the apartment building was made after people were concerned that the damaged structure might collapse, which would endanger the staff below and prevent them from working in certain areas. On Thursday, part of the location of the remaining buildings changed, resulting in a 15-hour suspension of construction.
Possible arrival Tropical Storm Elsa Increased the sense of urgency.
As of Sunday afternoon, the storm had left the coast of Cuba with wind speeds of 60 miles per hour (95 km/h). The latest forecast has moved the storm westward, mainly because South Florida has not been affected, but Robert Moleda, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center, said the area can still feel the impact.
“We expect gusts of mainly tropical storm intensity,” Molleda said, referring to gusts of more than 40 mph (64 km/h).
Unlike the usual fireworks and flag waving parties, the waterfront community in the area plans to hold a more low-key event on July 4. Miami Beach canceled Independence Day celebrations.
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the 40-year-old complex to collapse on June 24. An engineering report in 2018 found structural defects, which are now the focus of the investigation.