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Miami firefighters risk their lives to drill through ceiling of collapsed 40-story condo basement

• Daily Mail

-Only one woman has been confirmed dead after the Champlain Towers South beachfront building collapsed at about 1.30am on Thursday in Miami's Surfside neighborhood 

-Authorities, however, have warned the death toll could climb sharply given there were 99 people still missing as of Thursday afternoon. It remains unclear how many were inside the building when it crumbled 

-Horrifying surveillance footage captured the moment the tower collapsed, sending a huge cloud of debris into the air 

-Rescue teams are currently entering the rubble in groups of 10 to 12 at a time with dogs and other equipment as they trawl the wreckage for any survivors

-Both cadaver dogs and rescue dogs are being used. Some signs of life have been detected in the rubble, but officials warn it will be extremely difficult to rescue those trapped safely  

-Hundreds of distraught relatives gathered at a family reunification center holding photos of their loved ones as they awaited news 

-As the desperate search for survivors continued, police were already probing the cause of the collapse

-Officials said the building, built in 1981, was going through a recertification process and that engineers had been hired to complete electrical and structural repairs

-Experts who had studied the building as recently as last year said the building was unstable and had been sinking since the 1990s 

The moment Miami firefighters waded into flooded basement of collapsed 40-story condo in desperate search for 99 missing people is seen in a new dramatic video.

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue video shows the rescue teams seemingly trying to drill through concrete in the basement parking garage at Champlain Towers. The firefighters are continuing to try to locate the possible victims while dealing with 'heavy damage and changing conditions 'in the parking garage.