159 people are considered missing.
Rescuers working on the wreckage of a part of a residential apartment building in the city of Surfside near Miami continue to search for 159 people who are considered missing.
As of Friday evening, the bodies of four people who died in this disaster were found.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told reporters: “We have one goal – to get people alive. That’s what we’re doing, and we’re not stopping.”
Andy Alvarez, the chief of the Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue Service, urged the relatives and friends of the missing people to remain hopeful and said that in Haiti, his rescue team got a live girl eight days after the earthquake.
The disaster occurred early on Thursday morning– most of the 12-storey residential buildings, built-in 1981, collapsed. There were more than 130 apartments in the building, of which about 80 were occupied.
35 people were evacuated from the remaining part of the building. The cause of the incident has not yet been established.