The American President, Joe Biden, announced Tuesday that he plans to travel to Florida on Thursday to visit the site of the partial collapse of a 12-story building in Surfside (Miami-Dade) that has left at least 11 dead and 150 missing.
In brief statements to reporters at the White House before leaving for an event in the state of Wisconsin, Biden indicated his intention to travel to the scene of the tragedy that occurred last week.
“Yes I hope so. As soon as we can. Maybe as soon as Thursday”, the president responded to questions about whether he plans to travel to that town north of Miami.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported Monday that resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and experts from various federal agencies such as the Security Administration have been sent to the event area and Health (OSHA) or the FBI also work to help in the rescue and in the analysis of what happened.
The number of disappeared by the collapse now stands at 150, while those found alive are 136, said this Monday the mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, who promised to go “to the bottom” in the investigation to determine the causes of this tragedy that has affected individuals and families in various countries.
For reasons not yet determined, the northeast wing of the building Champlain Towers, inaugurated in 1981 and with a total of 136 apartments, collapsed in seconds at 1.30 am (6.30 GMT) on Thursday, June 24, when its inhabitants slept.
Most of the fatalities identified so far were of Hispanic origin, like many of the rescuers, including teams from other areas of the US and also from countries such as Mexico and Israel.
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