Global Affairs Canada said it has “received preliminary reports indicating that Canadian citizens may be affected” by the collapse of a Miami-area condo on early Thursday morning, June 24.
A wing of the 12-storey beachfront condo in Surfside, Fla. suddenly sheared off, crashing to the ground at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. On Friday morning, authorities were reporting that four people had been killed and another 159 people were unaccounted for.
The building was in a heavily Jewish neighbourhood and social media has been filled with lists of dozens of Hebrew names, asking for prayers.
At least 34 of those believed to be missing are Jewish, according to the Chabad of South Broward in Hallandale Beach, reported the Times of Israel.
Hatzalah, the Jewish emergency and rescue team, was also present at the site of the collapsed building.
Canadian consular officials in Miami are in contact with local authorities, Global Affairs said in a statement.
Canadian citizens in Florida requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Consulate General of Canada in Miami, United States at 1-844-880-6519 or [email protected]
Canadians in Florida requiring emergency consular assistance may also contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-888-949-9993 (toll-free from the U.S.), +1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available), by text message at +1- 613-686-3658 or by sending an email to [email protected]