September 18, 2021

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United States: Report says “structural damage” to collapsed building in Florida

Officers United States They continued until this Saturday Now a failed search for 159 has led to the disappearance of a part of a building that collapsed Florida, Which, according to the 2018 report, had “significant structural damage”.

At least four people have been killed after a 12-storey seaside building in nearby Surface Miami Beach, Collapsed while residents slept inside early Thursday morning.

Of the total missing, nearly a third are foreigners. Authorities say nine Argentines, three Uruguayans and six Paraguayans – the sister of Paraguay’s first lady – are at least four Canadians.

Among the problems of beams and metals, piles of rubble, the smell of burnt rubber and plastic, firefighters, cane units and cranes search under the rubble of sampling towers. Increasingly frustrated families are growing impatient, and fears that the number of missing will increase the death toll.

72 hours

“We are confident that we will continue to search for survivors in the rubble, which is our priority and our teams have not stopped,” the district mayor said. Miami-Tate, Daniel Levine Cava, at a press conference.

However, some relatives of the victims are critical of the rescue efforts and are beginning to lose hope. “Not even a lifeguard has tried to clear the rubble, little by little, even by hand, to evacuate people without a machine,” Maurice Watchman told AFP on Friday.

His best friend and another acquaintance about him are missing. Rescue operations are particularly difficult because fires occur where firefighters try to control them.

“Our experience is that in the first 72 hours, people have a good chance of still being alive,” Miami-Tate County firefighter Danny Cardeso told the Network. CBS.

Rescue workers are making audible noises emanating from the rubble, but are not sure if they are humans trying to reach survivors through the tunnel under the building’s flooded parking lot.

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Near the site of the disaster, a memorial with 40 photographs of candles, flowers and missing persons was erected.

Structural damage

Questions about the causes of the collapse have been mounting in recent days, and the investigation could last several months.

However, a 2018 report on the condition of the building revealed “significant structural damage” and “cracks” in the basement, according to documents released Friday night by the tragic Surface City.

“The waterproofing and access road for vehicles (…) at the edge of the pond have exceeded its useful life, so they should be completely removed and replaced,” said Frank Morabito, an expert at Morabito. Consultants.

“Improper waterproofing causes significant structural damage to the structural concrete layer beneath these areas,” the document added.

Until now, the 2020 report in particular focused on the fact that between 1993 and 1999 the building collapsed at a rate of about 2 millimeters per year.

AFP

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