Joe Biden headed to Florida to grieve with families of condo collapse – News Vibe24

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    WASHINGTON: U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, planned to travel Thursday to the Florida Surfside, the site of a deadly condominium collapse, to offer condolences to the families of those killed and those killed.
    Biden, whose personal experience with tragedy has been a hallmark of his political career, will reprise his role as “leader of the comforter” as rescue teams search for victims in the rubble of a multi-storey center dug by residents a week ago. they were sleeping.
    The death toll rose to 18 on Wednesday with the discovery of six more bodies in the Champlain Towers South complex, including the remains of two children, ages 4 and 10, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. Another 145 people are missing and are afraid of being trapped in the rubble.
    No one was pulled alive from the embankments of powdered concrete, crushed wood and twisted metal from the early hours of the disaster in the coastal town of Surfside, next to Miami Beach.
    Authorities have expressed hope that more survivors could be found, but the outlook has been slower.
    Thursday’s trip marks the second time since Biden became president that he visited the scene of a disaster.
    In February, he traveled to Texas after a severe winter storm that left millions without electricity or clean water for days and killed several people.
    Biden delayed his visit to Florida to avoid halting rescue efforts. It has issued an emergency statement and provided state and local officials with federal assistance to help deal with the collapse.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have developed teams to assist in search and rescue, incident management and debris removal. FEMA has also coordinated with state and local officials to open a family help center and provide communication support.
    Biden, a Democrat, is likely to run alongside Florida Republican Gov. Ron Desandi, who is considered a possible senior candidate to challenge Biden’s re-election in three years. DeSantis came to power in Florida politics and created a brand as a fragmented warrior, often challenging Biden on issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic and immigration.
    Biden planned to use the visit to thank “heroic first responders, search and rescue teams and all those who work tirelessly around the clock,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psakis.
    The President and the First Lady will “meet with families who have been forced to endure this terrible tragedy,” Pakis added.
    Biden’s gift for linking his own turmoil to the grief and anguish of others has become a defining feature of his face, having endured the deaths of his first wife, a daughter and a son during his time in public. .
    The governor and the president spoke by telephone last week, after which Desantis praised Biden for his support.
    Researchers have not concluded what caused the collapse of nearly half of the 40-year-old apartment complex in one of the deadliest buildings in US history.
    However, a 2018 report prepared by the engineering company Morabito Consultants before the building safety certification process, found structural deficiencies in the 12-storey complex of 136 units that are now the focus of research.
    The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that a majority of the Surfside condominium board, including its chairman, resigned in 2019, in part disappointed by what was seen as a slow response to a report that identified significant structural damage last year.

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