There is no clear understanding of what led to the collapse of a residential building in Florida, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday, July 1, at a meeting with reporters during his visit to the city of Surfside, where the tragedy occurred.
Earlier, upon arrival, the head of the White House met with the rescuers and the families of the victims without the presence of the press.
“We do not have any clear understanding of the reasons for what happened,” the TV channel quoted him as saying. CNN… According to the American leader, there are several opinions and versions of the reasons for the emergency, which, among other things, are voiced by the relatives of the victims.
Biden pointed out that the relatives of the missing “know that the chances (of finding people alive. – Ed.) Disappear every day, but they want at least to return the bodies in order to bury them.”
“I think they are very realistic, but that does not mean that we should stop. We must continue to search for bodies, ”he stressed.
Earlier that day, rescuers suspended work on the site of the collapse of a residential building in Surfside due to the threat of further collapses.
The collapse of a 12-story residential building in Florida occurred on the night of June 24. The authorities have not yet established the reasons for the collapse. The next day, US President Joe Biden signed a decree declaring an emergency situation in Florida.
The total number of victims, according to the latest data, has reached 18. Among the victims are a woman and her two daughters, aged four and 10.
On June 28, CNN reported that the owners of the apartments in the collapsed building had previously planned to carry out repairs in it for about $ 15 million.
A day later, the head of the Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue Directorate, Alan Kominsky, said that the rescuers removed more than 1.36 thousand tons of debris from reinforced concrete structures while dismantling the debris of the house.