The President of the United States and First Lady Jill Biden will tour the site where rescuers are trying to find possible survivors of the collapse at the Champlain Towers condominium.
The President, Joe Biden, announced on Tuesday that he plans to travel to Florida on Thursday to visit the partial collapse of a 12-story building in Surfside (Miami-Dade) that has left at least 11 dead 150 missings.
In a brief statement to reporters at the White House before attending a program in the state of Wisconsin, Biden indicated his intention to travel to the scene of last week's tragedy.
"Yeah, I hope we can as soon as possible. Maybe early Thursday," the president answered questions about whether he plans to visit Miami-Dade County. The White House later confirmed the trip, which will include First Lady Jill Biden.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported Monday that resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and experts from various federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had been sent to the area of the event. Or the FBI also works to help in the rescue and in the analysis of what happened.
The number of disappeared by the collapse now stands at 150, while those found alive are 136, said this Monday, the mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, who promised to go "to the bottom" in the investigation to determine the causes of this tragedy that has affected individuals and families in various countries.
Following the White House announcement, the Mayor said: "The response and support we have received from federal, state and other partners over the past six days has been unprecedented, and I am deeply grateful. The President will visit the scene of this tragedy to spend time with affected families and first responders".
For reasons not yet determined, the northeast wing of the Champlain Towers building, opened in 1981 and with a total of 136 apartments, collapsed at dawn on June 24, when its residents slept.
Most of the fatalities identified so far were of Hispanic origins, like many rescuers, including teams from other areas of the US and countries such as Mexico and Israel.
Biden said Sunday that his administration would coordinate with local officials and was "ready to provide whatever support or assistance is needed." But, in a statement, he added: "This is an unimaginably difficult time for the families who are enduring this tragedy."
Experts are studying possible pre-existing critical flaws in the structure of the apartment tower, which collapsed into a smoldering pile of debris as residents slept early Thursday morning.
Rescuers from Florida and abroad have worked tirelessly to search for signs of life in the rubble. Still, the outlook is increasingly bleak as no one has emerged from the wreckage alive. "The search continues, and it will not stop until there is a resolution," Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters Monday.