Before signing a invoice designating a nationwide memorial on the web site of the lethal Pulse nightclub capturing in Orlando on the White House on Friday, President Biden drew a parallel between the households of the victims within the 2016 bloodbath and these at present ready for information about family members lacking within the Surfside condominium collapse.
“They understand what it’s like to have to wait and wonder what happened,” Biden mentioned, surrounded by relations of Pulse victims. “There’s nothing worse than having to wait and wonder.”
At least 4 persons are useless and 159 others stay unaccounted for as search and rescue efforts proceed within the collapse of the 12-story beachfront condominium in Surfside, a decent-knit group simply north of Miami Beach. Officials there say the search efforts may take up to every week or extra.
Rescue staff pull a physique from the rubble of a collapsed constructing in Surfside, Fla., on Thursday. (Chandan Khanna/AFP by way of Getty Images)
“It’s a tough, tough time,” Biden mentioned. “There’s so many people waiting. Are they alive? So our hearts go out to them, the people of Florida.”
On Thursday, Biden licensed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help within the rescue and restoration efforts, in addition to to present assist for displaced households.
Biden mentioned he had spoken with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to promise his administration’s full help.
Speaking to reporters on the web site of the collapse, DeSantis thanked Biden for his fast response to the tragedy.
The web site of the constructing collapse. (TNS by way of Zuma Wire)
“We really appreciate having the support of the president,” DeSantis mentioned. “And the people of Florida really appreciate the president and his administration stepping up to help people in need.”
DeSantis additionally spoke of the excruciating ache that Surfside households are going by.
“When tragedy strikes, it’s a very difficult thing in any circumstances,” the governor mentioned. “But speaking with a lot of these family members, when they’re unaccounted for, it’s a really, really difficult thing. Because they just don’t know.”
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