Published On: Fri, Jun 25th, 2021
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Death Toll Rises to 4 in Miami Surfside Building Collapse, 159 Still Unaccounted For

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Authorities on Friday morning said that the death toll from the partial collapse of a residential building in South Florida has increased to four, as about 159 people still remain unaccounted for. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, declared an emergency on Thursday evening following the collapse, which will allow for the easier flow of state and federal resources and funding. Hours later, on Friday morning, President Joe Biden approved the emergency declaration, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to “coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures.” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Ray Jadallah told reporters Friday that three bodies were discovered inside the wreckage of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Miami. Meanwhile, the number of individuals who remain missing for now is 159, Miami-Dade …

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