A Filipina is among 159 persons still missing from the tragic collapse of a Miami oceanfront apartment block on Thursday (June 24).
The agonizing wait for the rescue and retrieval of the missing persons is taking its toll on relatives who can only pray and hope that their loved ones have survived. Among them are the relatives of a 70-year old Filipina, Maricoy Obias-Bonnefoy and her 85-year old husband Claudio Bonnefoy residing in unit 1001 on the 10th floor of the Surfside building that collapsed. Claudio Bonnefoy is an uncle of the former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
Their nephew, @jonathanlsanch, posted a call for information on his missing aunt and uncle on Twitter which has garnered more than 800 retweets.
Obias-Bonnefoy’s cousin, Ajit Jimenez, posted on Facebook, asking for prayers.
Authorities said they still don’t have an exact number of how many residents or visitors were in the building when it collapsed, but they were trying to locate 159 people who were considered unaccounted for and may or may not have been there.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed this number based on data collected at the reunification site at the Surfside Community Center and missing person reports on Friday (June 25). Meanwhile, four people have been confirmed dead and 120 people have been accounted for, she added.
For his part, Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said that officials are working with the local medical examiner’s office to identify the bodies that have been retrieved. He added that eleven injuries were reported, with four people treated at hospitals.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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