Families Wait For News Of Survivors After Florida Building Collapse
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Fri 25th June 2021 | 09:00 AM
Surfside, EtatsUnis, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jun, 2021 ) :Staring into space or sobbing, family members of those missing in the Florida apartment building collapse waited in anguish for news of loved ones, while others scrambled for a place to live after their home was destroyed.
"Everything is gone," said Erick de Moura, 40, who was at the town's community center trying to find temporary accommodation.
The Brazilian had lived for three years on the 10th floor of the oceanfront Champlain Towers South, part of which pancaked in the middle of the night for reasons yet unknown.
He survived because he had decided to stay at his girlfriend's house last night.
"I just came back and the scene is shocking," he added. "There is a lot of pain. I'm blessed that I am alive." As for his neighbors, "I think they're gone." These residents had had the best view, overlooking the beach and ocean, until their part of the tower collapsed like a house of cards in the night.
The rest of the 12-story building was still standing, but all residents were evacuated and several surrounding streets cordoned off.
The survivors and families of those missing gathered a few blocks away at the community center, where volunteers were providing water, coffee, lunches, and clothes, as well as emotional support.
Displaced residents were trying to figure out where they can now live, whether it's with relatives or in hotels which have offered rooms. Others waited grimly for news of their loved ones.
People come and go. Some are seated and motionless, while others are sobbing.
More than a thousand people have passed through the community center, said Ron Ben Hayoun, a 22-year-old volunteer and north Miami resident who had returned to his childhood neighborhood to help.
In this city with a large Jewish community, "we try to help everyone, we are not exclusive.""It's pretty shocking. people are very emotional," said the young man, who had recently returned from Israel where he did his military service.