Rescue work continues for four days at the site of an apartment collapse in Miami, Florida. Additional survivors have yet to be heard. Let’s connect Miami.
Correspondent Yunsu Kim, the death toll has increased by one. Is there any progress in the search operation?
Yes, the death toll has risen to five with the discovery of more dead bodies.
In addition, as some of the missing persons were identified as dead, the number changed slightly to 156.
As a fire broke out deep in the wreckage, the smoke that had filled the area until yesterday (26th) disappeared as the flames were caught.
Rescue operations are slow, however, as the rain is still coming and going and there is a risk of further collapse.
An evacuation order was issued in Dongdo right next to the collapsed apartment.
Even in Sampoong Department Store, there were no survivors miraculously. The possibility of such a miracle still remains, right?
Yes, the 72-hour golden hour has already passed.
Rescue authorities confirmed that there were more bodies in the rubble.
But he said there is still hope of finding survivors.
Let’s hear it for yourself.
[카바/미 마이애미데이드 카운티장 : 잔해 속에서 생존자를 찾을 수 있기를 바랍니다. 여전히 희망이 있습니다. 수색견과 음파탐지기 등 모든 수단을 동원해 찾고 있고, 전문가들은 여전히 기회가 있다고 말합니다.]
However, the families of the missing people expressed strong dissatisfaction with the slow rescue operation at the meeting with the rescue authorities.
[실종자 가족 : 최선을 다하는 건 알겠는데, 그걸로 충분하지 않습니다. 약속한 걸 이행하세요. 내 딸이 죽어가고 있는 상황에 행정적인 절차는 중요하지 않아요.]
You said the collapsed apartment had already been diagnosed with serious damage three years ago?
Yes, it’s coming out one after another that shows just how dangerous this apartment was.
In an inspection three years ago, it was evaluated that the concrete of the pool floor was seriously damaged.
Just below this pool was an underground parking lot, and it turned out that the columns and walls were also cracked and the concrete had corroded.
It seems to be unrelated to the cause of the collapse.
The place where the accident apartment was built is a sand and mud island made of sand and mud, but it was also pointed out that the building should not have been built in this place in the first place due to geological characteristics.
Local authorities have decided to conduct a full inspection of buildings that are over 40 years old.
(Video coverage: Oh Jeong-sik, video editing: Lee Seung-yeol)