Photos: Families await news of survivors from Florida beachfront condo collapse

  • Rescue teams have been combing through the rubble of an oceanfront apartment block near Miami Beach that partially collapsed on June 24, killing at least 3 people and leaving nearly 100 unaccounted for amid fears of a much higher death toll. An unknown number of residents are feared to have been asleep in the 12-story building, in the town of Surfside, when the collapse reduced a large portion of it to a pile of debris, exposing the interiors of gutted apartments.
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An aerial view shows search and rescue personnel working on the site after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, on June 24. The multi-story apartment block in Florida partially collapsed early June 24, sparking a major emergency response.(Chandan Khanna / AFP)

An aerial view shows search and rescue personnel working on the site after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, on June 24. The multi-story apartment block in Florida partially collapsed early June 24, sparking a major emergency response.(Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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A view of the tower with one side sheared away, on June 24 in Miami. The death toll from the collapse of the beachfront apartment block had risen to three, Reuters reported citing ABC News, with nearly 100 people unaccounted for as rescue workers continue their search for survivors in the rubble.(Chandan Khanna / AFP)

A view of the tower with one side sheared away, on June 24 in Miami. The death toll from the collapse of the beachfront apartment block had risen to three, Reuters reported citing ABC News, with nearly 100 people unaccounted for as rescue workers continue their search for survivors in the rubble.(Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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Emergency crews responding to the incident in Surfside, Florida on June 24. Rescue crews picked through tons of rubble on June 24 looking for survivors.(Octavio Jones / Reuters)

Emergency crews responding to the incident in Surfside, Florida on June 24. Rescue crews picked through tons of rubble on June 24 looking for survivors.(Octavio Jones / Reuters)

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People embrace at the Surfside Community Center where authorities are taking residents and relatives from a partially collapsed building in Surfside near Miami Beach, on June 24. Displaced residents are trying to figure out where they can now live, whether it's with relatives or in hotels which have offered rooms. Others are waiting grimly for news of their loved ones.(Marco Bello / Reuters)

People embrace at the Surfside Community Center where authorities are taking residents and relatives from a partially collapsed building in Surfside near Miami Beach, on June 24. Displaced residents are trying to figure out where they can now live, whether it's with relatives or in hotels which have offered rooms. Others are waiting grimly for news of their loved ones.(Marco Bello / Reuters)

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Emergency crew members searching for missing residents in the partially collapsed building in Surfside on June 24. Search teams detected sounds of banging and other noises but no voices coming from the mounds of debris hours after a large section of the Champlain Towers South condominium crumbled to the ground, authorities said.(Octavio Jones / Reuters)

Emergency crew members searching for missing residents in the partially collapsed building in Surfside on June 24. Search teams detected sounds of banging and other noises but no voices coming from the mounds of debris hours after a large section of the Champlain Towers South condominium crumbled to the ground, authorities said.(Octavio Jones / Reuters)

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A hanging chair sits on what is left of a balcony on the building that partially collapsed on June 24 in Surfside. Officials said the complex, built in 1981, was going through a re-certification process requiring repairs, with another building under construction on an adjacent site.(Wilfredo Lee / AP)

A hanging chair sits on what is left of a balcony on the building that partially collapsed on June 24 in Surfside. Officials said the complex, built in 1981, was going through a re-certification process requiring repairs, with another building under construction on an adjacent site.(Wilfredo Lee / AP)

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Onlookers view the partially collapsed residential building in Surfside on June 24. In the early hours of June 25, US President Joe Biden declared an emergency, ordering federal assistance for the local relief effort.(Octavio Jones / Reuters)

Onlookers view the partially collapsed residential building in Surfside on June 24. In the early hours of June 25, US President Joe Biden declared an emergency, ordering federal assistance for the local relief effort.(Octavio Jones / Reuters)

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Search and Rescue personnel pull out a body out of the rubble after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside on June 24. Authorities said they were still without news of 99 people who may have been inside the building with 102 others having been accounted for, according to Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.(Chandan Khanna / AFP)

Search and Rescue personnel pull out a body out of the rubble after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside on June 24. Authorities said they were still without news of 99 people who may have been inside the building with 102 others having been accounted for, according to Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.(Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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