Miami Beach building collapse live – Mass casualties feared at Champlain Tower as witnesses ‘hear screams 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 and that some news outlets reported that three others had lost their lives.

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.

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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