As the storm approaches, the crew prepares for dismantling

A house partially collapsed when rescue operations were suspended on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.

Dozens of people are still missing after the collapse of the housing complex

The standing part of a partially collapsed apartment near Miami will be demolished due to safety concerns as a tropical cyclone approaches Florida.

Explosives are installed to destroy the rest of Champlain Towers South between 22:00 and 03:00 local time (02:00 and 07:00 Greenwich Mean Time).

According to officials, the search process will resume once the site is considered secure.

On June 24th, part of a 12-story block collapsed. It is known that 24 people have died and 121 are missing.

The remaining unstable structures, not containing the bodies, have been demolished to ensure the safety of the search team.

Early efforts to find possible survivors in the rubble after the first collapse were interrupted prior to Sunday’s planned demolition.

Controlled demolition proceeded after concerns were expressed about the approach of a tropical cyclone Elsa that could reach Florida on Tuesday.

No survivors have been pulled from the rubble on the surfside site since the first few hours after the structure collapsed.

On Sunday, surfside mayor Charles Barkett said there was a danger that strong winds over the next few days could drop additional debris and endanger the lives of the search team.

He said demolition experts could control how the structure fell before the explosion “potentially opened one-third of the pile.” [of rubble]”For emergency team access.

Workers will clean the area of ​​the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo building on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.

The remaining unstable structure has been demolished to keep the search team safe

Meanwhile, Mayor Daniela Cavalevin of Miami-Dade County advised nearby residents to stay indoors and close the windows at least two hours after the demolition was completed.

She said the operation was “important for expanding our search area, especially in the area closest to the building.”

Ms. Kava Levin expressed sympathy for the missing family members, adding that those evacuated to the rest of the building “left behind their lives.”

She said there was no need to evacuate other buildings in the area.

Ms. Cava Levine said the team was scrutinizing the structure using a drone with thermal images of pets that could have been left behind.

“As soon as the building collapses and becomes safe, our first responders will resume their search efforts,” she said at a press conference.

The missing family was told prior to the decision to suspend search activities on Saturday as the crew began preparing for dismantling.

Earlier Sunday, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Reijadara said there was a small hole in the foundation of the building where the explosives would be placed.

On July 2, 2021, at surfside near Miami Beach, Florida, a man mourns the victims of a partially collapsed home as paramedics continue their search and rescue operations for survivors.

A monument was set up for the victims of a partially collapsed house on the surfside

The mayor signed a demolition order on Friday. There are no details yet about compensating the owners of the affected apartments.

Meanwhile, authorities are investigating other skyscrapers in the area due to structural flaws.

The cause of the collapse of the 40-year-old Champlan Towers South is unknown. However, a 2018 inspection warned that the original design had “serious” design flaws.

The Board of Architects said it would appoint “independent recipients to oversee the legal and billing process.”

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