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Rainy weather threatens rescue efforts in Florida

The search for landslide survivors continues in the Miami-Dade area, where an apartment building collapsed last week. So far, 32 people have been confirmed dead and 113 are still missing.

Now the rescue work is in danger It will worsen further when Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to lash the west coast of Florida late Tuesday, local time, with heavy rain and strong winds.

to Washington Post It tells officials how to continue working in the rain, but is paused when there is a risk of a possible lightning strike. They told the newspaper that on Monday the garage under the demolished building was already filled with water.

However, the hope is that the search for survivors will continue despite the storm approaching the coast, staff at the site say to CNN.

Early Tuesday, local time, Wind speeds of up to 26 meters per second are observed, and the National Hurricane Center, NHC, has a risk of large amounts of water as the storm approaches land. According to The Washington Post, Tampa International Airport will close at 5 p.m. local time.

US President Joe Biden has approved a state of emergency, which allows for special efforts, in the state, and on Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSanti declared a state of emergency in fifteen regions along the projected advance of the storm.

late on sunday The remaining portions of the former twelve-story apartment block in Miami-Dade were demolished by a controlled explosion. The reason is that the storm risked causing more landslides and danger to people at the site, according to rescuers at the site.

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The storm, which swept through Cuba on Monday night, wreaked havoc on several Caribbean islands. On Sunday, 180,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the Cuban capital, Havana, and in Barbados, the homes of at least 1,100 people were completely destroyed, of which 62 were completely collapsed.

Three people, two of them, a 15-year-old boy and a 75-year-old woman, have died in the Dominican Republic as a wall must have fallen on them due to high winds, according to reports. ABC.