■ Cast: Jo Soo-hyun, anchor
As the death toll in the Florida apartment collapse rises to nine, the search for more than 150 people continues.
It turned out that the apartment was so badly damaged that it received an estimate of 10 billion won for repair work three years ago.
Let’s take a closer look at the news with reporter Jo Su-hyun of the International Department. welcome.
What is the current situation at the search site?
It is now close to 8:00 pm local time in Florida.
The search operation is in full swing for four days.
Search dogs, sonar, and drones are all mobilized.
“We are working 24 hours a day, 24 hours a day,” said Charles Bucket, mayor of Surfside, where the accident took place.
The fourth day focused on removing large debris with a large crane.
Let’s listen to the briefing of the fire department.
[앨런 코민스키 / 마이애미-데이드 소방서장 : 잔해 속에 무언가가 감지될 때 매우 천천히 체계적으로 접근해야 구조율을 높일 수 있기 때문에 오래 걸립니다.]
Meanwhile, rescue support personnel dispatched by Israel were also dispatched to the scene.
30% of Surfside’s residents are Jewish communities and may have been among the victims of the incident, so the Israeli government is moving forward.
Summarize the total number of casualties that have occurred so far.
Yes, four more bodies were recovered during the daytime search earlier.
They have been identified and contacted with their families.
As a result, the death toll so far has risen to nine.
There are 152 missing persons whose life or death has not yet been confirmed.
When the building collapsed, several floors were pressed together, with all floors falling almost flush with the ground.
It was pressed flat like a pancake, so it is presumed that there was not enough space to evacuate.
How much oxygen is left in the wreckage seems to be an important factor in determining life or death.
The hearts of the families of the missing seem to be burning, so please convey the atmosphere.
Yes, authorities continue to stress hope and families of the missing have said they are “awaiting a miracle”, but as time goes on, anxiety is growing.
The day before, it was reported that the atmosphere inside was tense when the families of 200 missing persons were briefed by authorities at the hotel.
Some families complained that the search operation was slow.
Out of frustration, there was also a request to go to the site and shout to find it.
Authorities will allow site visits of missing persons and their families.
He promised not to stop the search until everyone was found in the wreckage.
Now let’s talk about the cause of the accident.
Since the apartment where the accident occurred is a 40-year-old building, the relationship with the cause of the collapse is being investigated.
Have you ever actually received a quote for a huge repair project?
Yes, the apartment was diagnosed with serious damage 3 years ago, including the outdoor swimming pool and underground parking lot.
Structural engineering company ‘Moravito Consultants’ estimated the cost of repairing this apartment to cost 9.1 million dollars, or 10.2 billion won in Korean money.
Of that, repairs to the parking lot, porch and swimming pool alone are expected to cost $3.8 million.
There was a lot of concrete corrosion in the underground parking lot under the swimming pool, which was dangerous, but repairs were not made until the accident.
Residents were also unaware of significant structural damage to the building.
Does this mean that the residents of the twin apartments built around the same time as the accident building were also engulfed in anxiety?
Yes, the apartment where the accident occurred and a building called the ‘Sister Apartment’ are located nearby.
They are virtually twin towers built by the same construction company with the same design.
The apartment was built in 1982, and the accident apartment was completed a year earlier.
The tenant representatives’ meeting emphasizes that the repair work has already been completed, so it is in much better condition than the collapsed apartment.
It is explained that last year, the entire balcony was inspected for leaks and repaired, and the repair work on the swimming pool top was completed six months ago.
However, some residents are anxious and have packed their bags and left for temporary accommodation.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously said that her sister’s apartment may have to be evacuated.
Although Surfside City authorities have recommended ‘voluntary evacuation’, they say that there is no need for a mandatory evacuation order.