About 100 alleged residents are missing.
US President Joe Biden approved the declaration of a state of emergency in the state of Florida and ordered the allocation of federal assistance after a building collapse near Miami killed one person and about 100 were reported missing.
“The president’s decision authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts,” the White House said.
On Thursday, rescue teams were sorting through tons of rubble in search of survivors after the collapse of a part of a 12-storey residential building in the city of Surfside near Miami.
The cause of the incident has not yet been established, although local authorities said that repairs were being carried out in the building built 40 years ago, including on the roof.
The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levin Cava, told reporters on Thursday that 99 people were missing 18 hours after the collapse, although it is not known for sure whether all of them were in the building at the time of the incident. Another 102 people, whose whereabouts were initially unknown, were subsequently found and are safe.