Photos From the Scene of a Tragic Building Collapse in Florida
Over 150 people were still unaccounted for after a residential building collapsed in the beachfront community.,
A crane with rescue workers surveys the collapse site in Surfside, Fla. on Friday.Credit…Saul Martinez for The New York Times
By The New York Times
- Published June 24, 2021Updated June 25, 2021, 4:03 p.m. ET
As many as 159 people were unaccounted for Friday afternoon, dozens more than officials had previously estimated. Rescuers used trained dogs and sonar in a frantic search through the rubble of the Champlain Towers condo complex in South Florida.
By Friday morning, the known death toll had risen to four, officials said. The precise number of people who had been inside the building at the time of the collapse was still unclear.
“Speaking with a lot of these family members, when they’re unaccounted for, it’s a really, really difficult thing because they just don’t know,” Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said.
Here is what photographers at the site of the collapse saw.
Friday, June 25
Emergency workers took shifts searching for those who were still missing.
People gathered to pray on the beach near the site of the collapse.
A sign hung from a balcony in Surfside offering support for those still missing.
Ariana Hevia waited for information about her mother, Cassandra Statton, a resident of the condo who was still missing.
Emergency vehicles parked near the part of the building still standing.
Thursday, June 24
Bystanders watched search-and-rescue efforts from the beach.
An aerial view of the collapsed section of the Champlain Towers South complex.
Viviana Pena held a photo of her missing aunt as she spoke with reporters outside the Surfside Community Center.
A dog working with rescue workers in the rubble.
Firefighters conducted search-and-rescue operations on Thursday.
A large section of the residential building collapsed.
Raied Jadallah, assistant fire chief of Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue, spoke at a news conference on Thursday.
People gathered at the Surfside Community Center, which served as a reunification center for victims and families on Thursday.
People entering the Surfside Community Center.
Bystanders watched the search-and-rescue efforts from the beach.