MIAMI-Presumably, more than 150 people remain under the rubble.
Rescue operations at the site of the collapse of an apartment building in Florida, where more than 150 people are believed to remain under the rubble, continued at night, although there is less hope for saving people.
Surfside, formally a separate city with a population of about 5 thousand people and adjacent to Miami Beach from the north, resembles a war zone, although just a couple of kilometers to the south, life goes on as usual on the beaches. The police blocked all approaches to the site of the collapse in a diameter of about 300 m. From behind the fences, large construction cranes can be seen working at the scene of the tragedy. The authorities, however, claim that heavy equipment is not used to sort out the main part of the rubble, where people may be. Rescuers are working there with dogs and sonars, drones are used in the daytime.
According to representatives of the rescue services at the scene, more than 200 people from all over Florida are working on the analysis of the rubble, joined by their colleagues from Mexico and Israel. Rescuers worked for 12 hours and during breaks, they sleep in a tent city located right there. They have about 100 pieces of equipment at their disposal.
According to official information, which was again announced to journalists on Sunday evening by the head of the Miami-Dade District, Daniella-Levine Cava, the fate of 152 people remains unknown. Meanwhile, no survivors have been recovered from the wreckage since Thursday. All Saturday, a fire continued under the ruins, which was barely stopped. However, local authorities repeatedly repeat at briefings that they retain hope for the rescue of people and assure that the search will continue until the fate of everyone becomes known.
Relatives of people who may be under the rubble are located in a special center located nearby. At the scene of the tragedy, they have already equipped an improvised memorial, on which photos of the missing are fixed. A blood collection point is open nearby, although there are no survivors in recent days.
If the worst forecasts come true, the tragedy in Florida will become the largest non-man-made case of a building collapse in the United States by the number of victims. The previous sad record was the collapse of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City in 1981 when 114 people were killed.