A Filipino and her husband are among the missing from the collapse of the seaside portion of a condominium building in Miami, Florida last Thursday.
The nephew of the Filipino posted over Twitter that her aunt, 70-year old Maricoy Obias-Bonnefoy, was residing with husband 85-year old Claudio Bonnefoy from Chile in unit 1001 of the 10th floor of the Surfside building that collapsed.
“My aunt and uncle lived on the 10th floor in unit 1001 of the Surfside building that collapsed. Their names are Maricoy Obias-Bonnefoy and Claudio Bonnefoy. If anyone has seen them or has any information please let me know. Thank you very much,” said @jonathanlsanch.
The death toll from the collapse of the condominium tower near rose to four early Friday, with about 159 people unaccounted for as crews continued to search the debris for survivors.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said about 120 people had been accounted for, but stressed that the numbers remain “fluid,” The Miami Herald reported.
Authorities said at least four died in the sudden collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers in Surfside, about 3 miles north of Miami Beach, on Thursday.
Part of the building fell early Thursday while many residents inside were asleep.
President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration Friday that will provide federal aid to the area. The Homeland Security Department and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are authorized to help coordinate disaster relief efforts with local officials.”FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” the White House said in a statement.