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Demolition of the collapsed Florida residential tower is slated to start tonight

In this handout image dated July 2, 2021, search and rescue workers are working on the site of a collapsed Florida condominium complex in Surfside, Miami, USA.

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The demolition of the partially collapsed residential tower in Surfside, Florida will begin on Sunday evening, according to Miami-Dade police.

Police said the demolition will take place between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Demolition of the remaining portion of the Champlain Towers South apartment is planned because engineers believed it was structurally inadequate and a hazard to the workers performing search and rescue operations for the dozen of people trapped under the rubble in Surfside, Florida .

No one has been rescued since the first hours of the collapse. The death toll had risen to 24 by Saturday, 121 are still missing. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis said during a press conference early Saturday that the state will pay for all costs of the demolition.

Search and rescue operations on the building, which collapsed 10 days ago, were temporarily suspended on Saturday afternoon in order to carry out demolition preparations, which included drilling the remaining pillars of the building. The search will resume as soon as the rest of the building has been completely removed.

The officials initially thought it could take weeks to demolish. However, plans to demolish the remaining structure were accelerated amid concerns that Tropical Storm Elsa could hit Florida early next week, further threatening the unstable structure with heavy rains and winds.

The demolition was done through a technique called energetic felling, which relies on gravity to demolish the building with small designations and restrict the collapse to the area of ​​the building.

The cause of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South, built in the 1980s, is still unknown. However, an engineering firm filed a 2018 report warning of cracks and major structural damage under the building’s pool deck.

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