The sister-in-law of Paraguay’s president and her family are among the many 99 folks unaccounted for in the lethal partial collapse of a 12-story oceanfront condo constructing close to Miami, officers and experiences stated Thursday.
Sophia López Moreira, her husband, Luis Pettengill, and the couple’s three youngsters are all missing, as is a sixth Paraguayan nationwide, Girl Luna Villalba, the nation’s overseas affairs ministry stated in a press release.
Moreira is the sister of Paraguay’s first girl, Silvana López Moreira, and sister-in-law of President Mario Abdo Benítez, in keeping with the Each day Mail.
Moreira’s family reportedly owned a condo in the tower.
Half of the constructing in Surfside, Fla. — simply north of Miami Seaside — abruptly gave method round 1:30 a.m. Thursday, trapping sleeping residents beneath a mountain of rubble.
At the least one particular person has been confirmed lifeless, at the very least 10 extra had been injured and 99 folks stay unaccounted for, in keeping with officers, who famous that some of these 99 folks might not have been in the constructing on the time of the collapse.
The missing additionally included distinguished Argentinian plastic surgeon Andres Galfrasconi, his accomplice and their newly adopted 6-year-old daughter, in keeping with the Each day Mail, which reported that the family was visiting Miami to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Dr. Brad Cohen, an orthopedic surgeon at a neighborhood hospital, can also be among the many missing, the outlet reported, citing his spouse, Soriya Cohen.
It stays unclear what precipitated the collapse, and first responders are nonetheless laboring among the many rubble in a determined seek for survivors.