TORONTO-The Canadian Consul General in Miami stated that the whereabouts of the four Canadian citizens “connected” to the collapse of the Florida apartment are unaccounted for.
Susan Harper told CTV News on Saturday that three of the Canadians were members of one family and the fourth was a member of “another multinational family.”
Harper said in an e-mailed statement: “We are keeping in touch with family members related to these families to provide support in dealing with this dire situation.”
Harper said the Canadians were “related to the building” but did not provide any further details.
The Canadian Department of Global Affairs confirmed on Saturday that the four affected Canadians were from two families.
Global affairs Told CTV News before It received “preliminary reports” stating that at least four Canadian citizens “may be affected” by the collapse. The agency said in an email statement that Canadian consular officials in Miami continue to cooperate with local authorities to gather more information.
“Canada expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends who lost their loved ones in the collapse of a building in Surfside, Florida. We hope that those injured will recover soon,” the agency said in its latest statement released on Saturday.
On Saturday, rescuers found another body in the rubble of a collapsed 12-story apartment building in Surfside, Florida, bringing the death toll to five as they put out the fire and smoke deep in the rubble. At the same time struggling to rescue any survivors.
More than 150 people are still missing As of Saturday, buildings near Miami had partially collapsed on Thursday.
The authorities have not yet explained what may have caused the building to collapse.
however, 2018 Engineering ReportAfter the collapse, it was republished by Surfside City and found that the building had “significant structural damage” to the concrete slab below its pool deck and required extensive repairs.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Garno said on Twitter Canadian consular officials are always ready to provide assistance to any Canadian citizens in Florida who may need support.
“Our hearts are with those who were affected by the collapse of an apartment building in Surfside, Florida,” Gano wrote in some tweets on Friday night.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also commented on the crash via Twitter, saying he was “shocked and sad” when he heard the news.
“Those who have lost loved ones, those who have been injured, and those who are waiting for news of those who are still missing: knowing that you are in our minds, Canadians are here to serve you,” Trudeau tweeted.
Canadian citizens who need urgent consular assistance in Florida should contact the Canadian Consulate General in Miami at 1-844-880-6519 or [email protected].
They can also call 1-888-949-9993 (toll-free calls within the United States), +1 613 996 8885 (call collect calls when available), or send text messages to +! 613-686-3658 or email to [email protected]
File from the Associated Press