Paraguayan Florida first lady searches for sister missing in condo collapse
Paraguayan First Lady Silvana López Moreira visited Florida to Accompany her family amid an ongoing search for her sister, who disappeared after a condominium collapsed in a Miami suburb, a spokesperson for her office said on Friday.
The South American Department of Foreign Affairs said Sophia lopez moreira, her husband Luis Pettengill and her three young children were among six Paraguayans missing since Thursday after the partial collapse of the 12-story building.
Rescuers were scrubbing debris on Friday after hearing noises in the rubble overnight, as authorities brought the number of people missing to 159 and the confirmed death toll to four.
“She traveled to Miami and accompanies her parents there,a spokeswoman for her office told Reuters. The spokesperson declined to comment further on the situation.
President Mario Abdo suspended official activities on Thursday and Foreign Minister Euclides Acevedo said consulate staff were visiting hospitals and talking with local authorities to get more information on the missing people.
The first lady’s family owned an apartment in the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, local press reported. Federico Lopez Moreira, Silvana and Sophia’s cousin, told an Asuncion radio station that the family had likely traveled to get the covid vaccine.