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Miami-Dade Will Receive Aid From FEMA For The Condo Disaster, DeSantis Says

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center left, and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, center right, arrive for a news conference near the scene where a wing of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed, Thursday, June 24, 2021, in the Surfside area of Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (center) and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez (center right) arrive for a news conference near where a section of a 12-story beachfront condo building collapsed on Thursday in the town of Surfside.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state will be receiving federal assistance to help with the aftermath of the condo building collapse early Thursday morning in Surfside, Fla.DeSantis declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County on Thursday, which cleared the path for President Biden to approve federal emergency aid from FEMA in the early hours of Friday.DeSantis said he spoke with FEMA Director Deanne Criswell on Thursday."They were great. They have supported some emergency assistance," the governor said Friday morning.Search and rescue efforts are ongoing. The death toll from the collapse has risen to four, and 159 people are unaccounted for."They're trying to save lives and that's clearly the most important thing," DeSantis said.The collapse of the building also means displacement for its residents, the governor noted. The number of people who already have been accounted for now stands at 120."The people that got out are never gonna go back and live in that building, of course. And so some of them have lost everything that they had." Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.