Miami Beach building collapse live – Mass casualties feared at Champlain Tower as witnesses ‘hear banging from rubble’

AT least one person is dead after a 12-story apartment block partially collapsed near Miami beach, reports say.

Witnesses reportedly heard screams from the rubble as around 80 emergency crews responded to the incident in Surfside around 2am on Thursday.

Officials confirmed on Thursday afternoon that 99 people were still unaccounted for, 102 have been found, 35 people were pulled from the wreckage, and 11 of them were injured.

Footage shows a large section of the apartment building, called Champlain Towers South, that had collapsed into a pile of rubble near Collins Avenue on 88th Street, NBC Miami reports.

Authorities said they could hear “sounds of a possibility of people banging…well, not people banging but sounds of a possibility of a banging” from within the site.

It’s reported that Miami Dade authorities have declared a “Level 5” mass casualty event meaning statewide emergency resources are required.

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