The tragedy, which occurred at dawn last Thursday, has killed 11 people so far, and hopes have faded that one of the 150 missing people will be found alive.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki yesterday ruled out the president’s visit to the town of Surfside, where the property has fallen, but reported today that they are coordinating to ensure the governor’s presence without cutting resources from search and rescue operations. .
The spokeswoman, who provided details of a meeting of the presidential couple with survivors and affected families, said both Biden and the first lady want to thank the heroic responders and those who work tirelessly 24 hours a day.
Since last Friday, the government has declared a state of emergency, in which federal financial aid has been available for rescues involving more than 200 people, according to Daniela Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County.
For reasons yet to be determined, the northeastern wing of the Champlain Towers building, which opened in 1981 and with a total of 136 apartments, collapsed in seconds at dawn on Thursday, June 24, when its residents were sleeping.
The first indications point to some failures in the lower sections of the building, perhaps in its foundations, columns or underground car parks, according to what local media quoted experts as saying.
CNN reported that the building’s owners were facing assessments of millions of dollars in repairs, and payments would begin a week after the collapse.
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Janet Nunez said it would take months to get clear answers about the cause of the tragedy.
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