Israeli and Mexican rescuers arrived in Miami to collaborate to search for the people

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Israeli and Mexican rescuers arrived in Miami to collaborate to search for the people who are still missing after the collapse.

They will work in two shifts of 12 hours each. They will also provide psychological support to the survivors of the tragedy and the families of the victims.

Rescuers from Israel and Mexico arrived in Miami this morning to collaborate with local first responders in the task of finding the people who are still missing after the collapse of the building in Surfside.

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky did not specify the exact number of personnel from Israel and Mexico.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said rescuers from both countries have joined search and rescue teams and rotate to work through the rubble in two shifts of 12 hours each.

Mexican rescuers, known as "Los topos," have experience of rescue in tragedies. One of his last works was in the earthquake of September 19, 2017, in Mexico City.

For its part, the Israeli mission will be led by United Hatzalah Vice President of Operations Dov Maisel, who, as a paramedic, has participated and led disaster response missions in Nepal, Haiti, and Japan, according to The Jerusalem Post newspaper. The team will also offer psychological support to those affected by the tragedy, including the families and loved ones of the fatal victims and those still missing.

There are currently four task force teams working on search and rescue at the scene, Cominsky said at a news conference Friday night.

According to official information available so far, the partial collapse of the 12-story building in Miami on Thursday left at least four dead and 159 missings, according to official information available so far, and prompted a huge deployment of first responders in the area of ​​the incident.

The event occurred around 2 AM (local time) between 88th Street and Collins Avenue in Surfside, near Miami Beach, in a building that makes up part of the Champlain Towers complex. There the firefighters have been carrying out an imposing search and rescue operation for more than 48 hours.

Authorities confirmed the deaths of four people but have not yet detailed the possible causes of the collapse.

The police closed the nearby streets, and dozens of rescue vehicles and firefighters, ambulances, and police flooded the place. The landslide hit a cloud of dust that spread across the neighborhood and covered cars on the road, even two blocks away.

What were the causes of the collapse of the building

Engineers and architects who have been working hard to determine the causes of the building collapse in Florida said it could take a long time to rebuild the tracks to find out why a partial collapse of the Miami condo occurred.

However, experts have assured that some data they have been working on to conclude: corroded components, an undermined foundation, or defects in the building, both in construction and in design.

Abieyuwa Aghayere, a professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering at Drexel University, said that when a building collapses on its own, sometimes its support is lost.

The Champlain Towers was about to undergo a series of repairs for damages such as corrosion and deterioration in the paint walls, among others. All this is part of a structural rectification that is customary to be done when buildings turn 40 years old.

Due to its proximity to the ocean, marine salts can penetrate the structure and cause the steel components to rust, especially reinforcing rods that can be poorly protected.

But other factors could make a building vulnerable to collapse. Charlie Danger, who retired as Miami-Dade County's construction chief seven years ago, said an unauthorized remodel could result in the removal of a structural support column.