President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are visiting Surfside, Florida on Thursday, a week after a massive condo building arrived in the city. Eighteen people have been confirmed dead in this tragedy and more than 140 people have not been traced.
Mr Biden and Jill are scheduled to receive a command briefing from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levin Cava and other officials after 10 a.m. They will later meet first responders and search and rescue. Will thank the teams and meet the affected families. Colse before Mr Biden’s speech in Miami.
The search is on for any survivors and victims, residents who have survived are sharing horror stories.
Raisa Rodriguez left a voicemail on her brother’s phone as he left the building. “Anyone over there? Hello?” he said. “Oh my god! What’s the matter? The whole building is gone!”
Ileana Montegudo said that a loud sound woke her up from her sleep. She started running after seeing a crack breaking through the wall of her living room. “I start going downhill fast and I hear a crack, crack, crack,” she said.
Her neighbor Sara Neer lived on the ground floor and went out after hearing a loud bang. Then he saw the underground garage of the building colliding.
“We ran out of the building,” she said. “And then another big boom. Then we didn’t see anything. After the big boom and with white clouds all around it suddenly calmed down.”
Officials announced on Wednesday thatwere found in the rubble. They were sisters aged 4 and 10.