The number of people confirmed dead and unaccounted for in the collapse of a condo tower in Surfside, Florida rose Friday morning.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said this morning that 120 people are accounted for, but 159 are still missing and 4 people are confirmed dead.
This morning searchers are digging and crawling through the rubble with dogs and sonar equipment, accessing the collapsed building from the parking garage below.
Rescuers say they heard what sounds like banging but no voices.
Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah says his crews are listening for signs of life and his rescue workers refuse to give up on the possibility of finding more survivors.
Nasty weather could hamper the search and rescue attempts as they continue on Friday.
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Surfside, Florida again – similar to the storms Thursday that halted search and rescue efforts after a residential building collapsed. https://t.co/iQ3Qr0CeiC pic.twitter.com/5Jwmubmt7o
— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) June 25, 2021
The 20-story building had more than 130 units and 55 fell as most people were sleeping. So far, there are 102 survivors including a 16-year-old girl and her mom. They fell from the ninth floor to the fifth.
The mom broke her pelvis but managed to pull herself and her daughter from the rubble.
Her husband remains missing. The governor says engineers will need time to find out what happened.
A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted for loved ones. The reunification hotline number is 305-614-1819.
The White House has authorized FEMA support for the rescue and recovery effort.